Agent Name

Schistosoma haematobium

Major Category

Biological Agents

Category

Infectious Agents

Comments

Causes urinary schistosomiasis; Most cases in travelers are acquired in sub-Saharan Africa. People are infected while swimming, bathing, or wading in freshwater in endemic areas. "The distribution of schistosomiasis is very focal and determined by the presence of competent snail vectors, inadequate sanitation, and infected humans." [CDC Travel, p. 303-7]

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