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what is the binomial nomenclature for the worm that causes schistosomiasis?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Schistosome: Schistosoma mansoni, or S. japonicum, or S. hematobium.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can our 4 and 5 year olds take bilharzia pills?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: The use of praziqantel (biltricide) at a dose of 20mg/kg in two or three doses for one day of treatment is recomended by tht CDC and who to treat shistosomiasis. Safety data under 4yo is not available but safety 4 & above is comforting. It is a bitter med so taking it without chewing is recomended. See www.Cdc.Gov/paracites/shistosomiasis.
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How fast can I make my schistosomiasis go away?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
It take time: Treatment before significant damage or severe complications occur usually produces good results.
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Are some people more prone to getting schistosomiasis?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Exposure: Parasitic illness, "snail fever". Endemic in some parts of africa, caribbean, middle east, asia, s. America. Depending on type can cause liver or urinary problems. Exposure to standing fresh water- (including man-made lakes, either from work, recreation, domestic chores. Avoidance is key on an individual level; bigger issues on a societal level.
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At my last check up, I forgot to tell the doctor about schistosomiasis. Is that ok?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
No: It is unclear whether you have been treated or not; which type of schistosome you were infected with and how heavily; how long you had the disease before treatment; and other factors which will help your doctor decide whether you need further management and follow-up. Give your physician all the details.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Does a person with schistosomiasis infect others?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
No: It's not contagious.

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