oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Human bilharziasis in a peri-urban area in Zimbabwe with special reference to its relationship to malnutrition in school children

Volume 29, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The situation of bilharzia in Epworth can be summarised as follows:- (1) There are low to moderate prevalence levels of S. haematobium and S. mansoni, with the former infection more prevalent in children and young adults and the latter in the adult population. (2) Bulinus (Physopsis) globosus and Biomphalaria pfeifferi vector snails are well distributed in all the permanent natural water bodies in the area. (3) The old villages generally have adequate safe water sources and latrines but such facilities are not available or are inadequate in the new villages. These differences are reflected in differential bilharzia infection rates between residents of the two groups of villages. (4) Preliminary evidence indicates that there could be a significant correlation between bilharziasis and malnutrition in school children.

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