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Schistosomiasis (snail fever, bilharzias) is a parasitic infection often ascribed to poverty. The disease is caused by Schistosoma trematode (blood flukes), a family of parasites which belong to the class of flatworm. Schistosoma larvae infect human hosts during contact with contaminated water sources. According to the World Health Organization, there are approx. 240 million people around the world who are infected by schistosomiasis parasites. In total, it is believed that schistosomiasis accounts for around 40% of all tropical disease infections across the globe. Some estimates claim that about 700 million people who live in schistosomiasis infested areas are at risk of acquiring the disease (WHO, 2018). According to the World Health Organization’s report (2016), the total number of globally recorded schistosomiasis cases has been continually increasing. In 2003, around 800 million people had an increased risk of being infected by Schistosoma trematode. The epidemiologic data indicate that during 2010 alone, schistosomiasis infection added approx. 3.3 million disability-adjusted years to a global burden (Utzinger, Backer, van Lieshout, van Dam, & Knopp, 2015). In 2014, over 61.5 million...

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