Seasonal patterns in the transmiss on of schistosoma haematobium in rhodesia, and its control by winter application of molluscicide

C. J. Shiff, W. C.C. Coutts, C. Yiannakis, R. W. Holmes

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Abstract

Surveys of snails occurring at water contact points used by rural people in Rhodesia show that transmission of Schistosoma haematobium is very high during the spring and early summer seasons. Although infected snails are found in all seasons, fewest occur in winter and during the heavy rains. It is suggested that the bionomics of this parasite depends on pre-rain transmission because destruction of infected snails during winter reduces the reservoir of infection in the area and also the level of parasitaemia in local schoolchildren.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-380
Number of pages6
JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume73
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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