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Snails in the Waters, Disease in the Villages

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Photo of a man examining water for infectious snails in coastal Kenya.

Monitoring for infectious snails in bodies of water near villages in coastal Kenya.

Credit: J. Clennon, Emory University


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Map of the world showing countries at risk for the snail-borne disease schistosomiasis.

Countries worldwide where people are at risk for the snail-borne disease schistosomiasis.

Credit: CDC


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Photo of woman working in a rice field.

People who work in rice fields are exposed for many hours to snail-infested waters.

Credit: U. Kitron, Emory University


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GIS map showing four communities in Kenya that are at high risk for schistosomiasis.

GIS map showing four communities in Kenya that are at high risk for schistosomiasis.

Credit: Charles King, Case Western Reserve University et al.


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Photo of two men analyzing urine samples.

Diagnosis of schistosomiasis is made by detection of parasite eggs in urine samples.

Credit: C. King, Case Western Reserve University


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Bulk containers of cans of pills of the anti-schistosomiasis drug praziquantel.

Bulk containers of cans of pills of the anti-schistosomiasis drug praziquantel.

Credit: F. Richards, Carter Center


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