oa Central African Journal of Medicine - The prevalence and distribution of schistosomiasis in Zambia

Volume 31, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



A review of some early prevalence studies in Zambia, shows the prevalence of S. haematobium infection to be (14-40%) and that for S. mansoni to range from (0-7%) in the Northern and Luapula Provinces. The areas around Lakes Kariba in the south, and Bangweulu in the north had prevalence rates of (3-35%) for S. haematobium and (2-6%) for S. mansoni. A nationwide survey found the overall prevalence of S. haematobium to be about 16%. The Gwembe Valley in the South had the highest prevalence of 57,9% for S. haematobium, S. mansoni with a prevalence of (45-77%) in the Northern Province from more recent studies is not very widespread.

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