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Schistosomiasis

Schistosomiasis (or bilharzia), is the most frequently reported parasitic worm disease in Scottish travellers.  It is commonly found in tropical and sub-tropical countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Infection occurs following skin contact with fresh water containing the microscopic form of the parasite.

The Schistosomiasis National Advice, Investigation and Liaison Group (SNAIL), are seeking to raise awareness of the disease across Scotland and have developed in partnership with Health Protection Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland educational resources for use by registered practitioners. These will be of particular interest to practitioners that are involved in advising school groups and young adult volunteers who may be at risk of Schistosomiasis exposure during their overseas excursions or who see returning travellers as part of their clinical duties.

Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia) - An update for registered healthcare practitioners

The resource can be accessed using the following link

Slides (pdf)

Slides (PowerPoint 0365 - Read Only, select Read only to view document)

Slides with notes pages (pdf)

The slides focus on the infection, implications for those travelling to risk countries and advice on prevention. The resource is suitable for use by registered healthcare practitioners who want to know more about the disease and for teaching purposes at an introductory level.   

Please note: the resource does not contain detailed clinical information

Schistosomiasis - Other resources that may be of interest for school settings

Practitioners may also be interested in the following publications and resources which are aimed for use in the school settings:

Training slides -Schistosomiasis/Bilharzia- What you need to know

The resource has been developed by the Schistosomiasis National Advice, Investigation and Liaison Group and is aimed at school settings. The resources focuses on infection, implications for travel and advice on prevention. The resource can be accessed using the following link

Slides (pdf)

Slides (PowerPoint 0365 - Read Only, slecect Read only to view document)

 

The publication Travel Health Guidance for Schools (Health Protection Scotland updated Jan 2017) provides practical advice on health considerations (including schistosomiasis) for those going on an overseas excursions, and can be downloaded from TRAVAX or fitfortravel.