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A database of individual participant-level information could benefit schistosomiasis clinical research and treatment policies, according to a study published today in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

The study was conducted by a group of researchers from the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health at the University of Oxford, the Luxembourg Institute of Health and TDR.

Schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease prevalent in tropical climates, especially sub-Saharan Africa. It is caused by schistosomes, parasitic worms that live in freshwater snails. Poor living conditions, overcrowding, and lack of sanitation, clean water and medical services increase the risk of schistosomiasis. Also known as bilharzia, the disease can cause anaemia and malnutrition, and after years of infection may also damage the liver, intestine, lungs, and bladder.

Read more (Infectious Diseases Data Observatory)

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