Tackling neglect: treating schistosomiasis during pregnancy

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Luty AJ, Elliott AM

Schistosomiasis is a major neglected tropical disease caused by blood flukes of the genusSchistosoma and transmitted through intermediate snail hosts. It affects African, Asian, and South American populations, often in remote communities, such as fishing villages accessed only by water.1 Among these neglected communities, women of reproductive age (and their unborn children) have been further neglected due to recommendations that praziquantel treatment be avoided during pregnancy and lactation.

Publisher: 
Lancet Infect Dis
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