Increasing prevalence of genitourinary schistosomiasis in Europe in the Migrant Era: Neglected no more?

by Niccolò Riccardi, Francesca Nosenzo, Francesca Peraldo et al.
PLoS Negl Trop Dis 11(3): e0005237 – Published: March 16, 201

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http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article/file?
id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0005237&type=printable

The recent rise in the northbound migratory flux from Africa through the Mediterranean basin is steadily contributing to an expansion of the areas where schistosomiasis may be diagnosed. Indeed, within the current migratory flux to Italy and other Mediterranean countries, the most representative nations of origin (The Gambia, Mali, Nigeria, and Sudan) are countries with high endemicity of urogenital schistosomiasis. This expansion of urogenital schistosomiasis may lead to a lack of recognition of the symptoms of the disease in countries with a high inflow of migrants and where schistosomiasis is only rarely encountered.

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