Land use in China threatens progress against schistosomiasis

December 27, 2016

Healio: A half-century of progress fighting schistosomiasis in China is being jeopardized by land-use patterns and landscape connectivity, which are expanding the range of the snails that host Schistosoma japonicum parasites, researchers said.  For example, villages with more irrigation channels were more likely to both attract new and retain native Oncomelania snails, according to Justin V. Remais, PhD, MS, associate professor of environmental health services in the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, and colleagues.

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