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10 facts about schistosomiasis

Health worker recording name of students in Kenya  prior to school-based distribution of praziquantel, the WHO recommended medicine to treat schistosomiasis

The economic and health effects of schistosomiasis are considerable

In children, schistosomiasis causes anaemia, stunted growth and reduced ability to learn, although its effects are usually reversible with treatment.

Chronic schistosomiasis can affect people’s ability to work and, in some cases, result in death.

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