MakingSchistory: Wormzilla Invades Lake Geneva

Experts gather at Neglected Tropical Diseases Summit to demand more global action to tackle one of the world’s biggest killers – schistosomiasis

A giant worm on Lake Geneva representing the parasitic worm of schistosomiasis that causes suffering to millions around the world. Its devastating impact is second only to malaria. (PRNewsfoto/Global Schistosomiasis Alliance)

On the eve of the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Summit in Geneva, Switzerland, the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance (GSA) has unveiled a giant worm on Lake Geneva. The 25m structure represents the parasitic worm of schistosomiasis (bilharzia) that causes significant suffering and death. Aiming to generate global attention, the GSA is calling for more concerted action to eliminate this disease. Hundreds of millions of people around the world are at risk of schistosomiasis: a silent water borne killer that lurks in freshwater lakes and rivers.

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