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Schistosomiasis Control in China

Diagnostics and Control Strategies Leading to Success


Pauline Grys

Schistosomiasis is one of the most prevalent parasitic diseases worldwide and continues to be a public health concern in many countries. China made huge progress in the control of Schistosomiasis japonica, aiming at the elimination of the disease from many previously endemic areas. This book presents a scientific investigation into the practical implementation of the Chinese national control strategy at the grass root level. It focusses on availability and composition of human resources for control and on performance of sero-diagnostic tests needed for case detection and surveillance. The main message of this book is that effective control and elimination of Schistosomiasis are feasible, but high levels of support for control need to be sustained to prevent resurgence of this disease.

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1 Introduction


1 Introduction

Schistosomiasis is one of the most widespread parasitic diseases worldwide and continues to remain a major public health challenge in many tropical and subtropical regions in the world. The disease affects almost 240 million people worldwide, with over 61 million people being reported to have received treatment for schistosomiasis in 2014 alone (WHO 2016).

Schistosomiasis is caused by parasitic worms, digenic blood trematodes of the genus Schistosoma. Named after the German pathologist Theodor Bilharz, who first identified the worms in 1851, the disease is also known as bilharziasis. This chapter provides an overview of the various biological, pathological, clinical, immunological and socio-economical aspects of schistosomiasis, before taking a closer look at the particular case of schistosomiasis japonica in the People’s Republic of China.

1.1 Aspects of schistosomiasis

1.1.1 Schistosome species

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