Flatworm infection (trematodes) of the genus Schistosoma
Commonly presents as a swimmer’s itch and maculopapular rash
Considered to be a neglected tropical disease (NTD)
Katayama fever ...
Infections are frequently asymptomatic.
Travel history to endemic areas (2)
Rash and itching (localized, usually feet/lower extremity) may present soon after exposure to contaminated fr...
Bathing; water precautions to avoid infection
WHO recommends periodic mass treatment to reduce morbidity in highly endemic areas (2).
Praziquantel: 40 mg/kg...
Prevention strategies in endemic areas
Travelers to endemic areas should be counseled to avoid bathing or swimming in untreated fresh water.
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B65.9 Schistosomiasis, unspecified
B65.1 Schistosomiasis due to Schistosoma mansoni
B65.2 Schistosomiasis due to Schistosoma japonicum
B65.8 Other schistosomiasis
B65.0 Schistosomiasis due to S...
Suspect schistosomiasis in travelers to endemic areas presenting with symptoms of Katayama fever (malaise, abdominal pain, fatigue, myalgias).
Schistosomiasis may present as “swimmer’s ...
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