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Essential Science: New treatment for the most neglected disease?

Schistosomiasis (or bilharzia) is a neglected tropical disease, and the one that causes significant ill-health effects to millions of people. The disease is caused by a parasitic worm.

Fighting a major parasite with prawns

Schistosomiasis is a major parasitic disease and considerable research goes into developing drugs to combat a parasitic infection. A new study suggests an ecological answer might be more effective: using prawns.

Oldest ever parasite egg found

The discovery of a schistosomiasis parasite egg in a 6200-year-old grave could provide the first evidence that agricultural irrigation systems in the Middle East contributed to disease burden.

Snail fever set to decline in Africa

The parasite Schistosoma mansoni, which causes snail fever in humans , is predicted to become significantly less common according to a new research study. This is partly linked to climate change.

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