Schistosomiasis

Blake Harvill

Parasite

Schistosomiasis is a parasitic worm that attaches to snails in freshwater areas and latches on to a host.

Mating

Flatworms, the worms that transmit this diesease have a special mating method as featured on National Geographic known as Penis Fencing, Flatworms possess both male and female reproductive organs so it's basically a fight for sexuality, loser becomes female
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Symptoms

A rash, itchy skin, fever, chills, cough, headache, belly pain, joint pain, and muscle aches are symptoms.

Mortality and geographic impacts

The mortality rate of schistosomiasis is about 25% with 85% of these cases coming from Africa where water is not properly cleaned

Vector? Treatable?

The vector is the Flatworm.

Their are treatments for schistosomiasis as well as a prevention available. There are Anti-parasite medications that can be taken as well as prevention tactics such as boiling your water to eradicate potential parasites in the water.