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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 90, No. 2, 1995, pp. 285-288
Bioline Code: oc95056
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 90, No. 2, 1995, pp. 285-288

 en Control of Schistosomiasis Transmission
Luiz C De S Dias; Oswaldo Marcal Jr & Carmem M Glasser

Abstract

Despite the sucess of control programmes, schistosomiasis is
still a serious public health problem in the world. More than 
70 countries where 200 million individuals are evaluated to be 
infected of a total 600 million at risk. Though there have been
important local sucess in the control of transmission,
globally the infection has increased. Economic constrains in 
developing countries, environmental changes associated with 
migration and water resources development have been blocking the
progress. The main objective of schistosomiasis control is
to achieve reduction of disease due to schistosomiasis. We 
discussed the control measures like: health education, diagnosis 
and chemotherapy, safe water supplies, sanitation and snail
control. We emphasized the need to give priority to
school-age children and the importance of integrating the measures 
of control into locally available systems of health care. The 
control of schistosomiasis is directly related to the capacity of the
preventive health services of an endemic country. The strategy 
of control requires long-term commitment from the international 
to the local level.

Keywords
schistosomiasis - control - transmission

 
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