Schistosomiasis or bilharzia is a disease affecting many people in developing countries. It is also called snail fever or swimmer's itch. In certain African communities the process of overcoming Schistosomiasis is an important rite of passage. Although it has a low mortality rate, schistosomiasis can be very debilitating.

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Skin vesicles created by the penetration of Schistosoma. Source: CDC ...
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