Bilharzia Alert - May 2014

European Centre for Disease Prevention (ECDC) is advising of 11 cases of uro-genital schistosomiasis in Southern Corsica.

All cases were exposed to the same natural swimming area in southern Corsica without known exposure to fresh water in an endemic area of Schistosoma.

This is the first locally acquired infections of Schistosoma haematobium in France. The disease is known to be very focal in its geographical distribution. Therefore, the risk of acquiring the infection exists only for residents and people visiting the affected place and having occupational or recreational activities in the river.

The full text of the ECDC risk Assessment can be viewed by clicking here.

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