Schistosomiasis: Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Treatment


Adriana Erica Miele (Editor)
Dept. Biochemical Sciences, “Sapienza” University of Rome, Rome, Italy

Series: Parasites and Parasitic Diseases
BISAC: MED103000

The book entitled “Schistosomiasis: Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Treatment”, presents a very interesting overview on this tropical parasitic disease in the post-genomic era.

The book is a collection of 8 chapters written by world-renown health professionals and researchers, highly active in the field. The mainly targeted public is MDs specializing in Tropical Medicine as well as experienced researchers and professionals who are faced with the challenges of this ancient threat to human health.

This book is conceptually divided into two sections: (1) a broad recollection of the up-to-date state of the comprehension of Schistosomiasis, including its interplay with the human host; (2) a focused survey on specific field studies, presenting the actual challenges of the disease.

The first part, composed of 4 chapters, is preparatory to a better understanding of the case studies in the second part. Special attention has been put on three selected at risk categories of people: pre-school aged children, women, and travelers/migrants; the first two living in endemic areas, and the latter in non-endemic regions. In between these two sections is the chapter on zoonotic schistosomiasis, a neglected research area that shows the dangerous role of infected livestock in maintaining the disease in endemic countries.

Special attention is also given throughout to the prophylaxis and to the highly demanding task of fighting all the life stages with chemotherapy. In this respect, the strategies used for finding new active molecules against the intermediate and the definitive hosts by a multidisciplinary approach, bridging wet and dry research laboratories, are presented in two central chapters.

Finally, on behalf of all the authors, I would highly recommend professionals of environmental health, ecology and public health to read “Schistosomiasis: Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Treatment” in order to understand the future directions of the research on this neglected tropical disease with the aim of eradicating it, as it has previously occurred solely in Japan.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

(Adriana E. Miele

Chapter 1: The Epidemiology, Pathogenesis, and Clinical Features of Schistosomiasis
(Hyasintha Jaka, Anthony Liwa and Phillipo Chalya, Department of Internal Medicine, Bugando Medical Centre and Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences Mwanza, Tanzania, and others)

Chapter 2: The Diagnosis, Treatment Options and Prevention of Schistosomiasis
(Hyasintha Jaka and Anthony Liwa, Department of Internal Medicine, Bugando Medical Centre and Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, Mwanza, Tanzania, and others)

Chapter 3: Epidemiology, Chemotherapy and New Therapeutic Approaches of Schistosomiasis
(Rosimeire Nunes de Oliveira, Vera Lúcia Garcia Rehder, Tarsila Ferraz Frezza, Veronica de Lourdes Sierpe Jeraldo, Cláudia Moura de Melo and Silmara Marques Allegretti, State University of Campinas-Unicamp, Campinas, SP, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 4: Natural Products as a Source for Intermediate Host Control: Challenges and Advances in Schistosomiasis Research
(Lenita de Freitas Tallarico, Ludmila Nakamura Rapado, Departamento de Biologia Funcional e Estrutural, Instituto de Biologia, Rua Charles Darwin, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, SP, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 5: Insights into Animal Schistosomiasis: From Surveillance to Control
(Jose Ma. M. Angeles and Shin-ichiro Kawazu, National Research Center for Protozoan Diseases, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Japan)

Chapter 6: Schistosomiasis in Pre-School Children in Sub-Saharan Africa: Epidemiology, Signs and Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment Options and the Challenges
(Humphrey D. Mazigo, Rebecca Waihenya and Domenica Morona, Department of Medical Parasitology and Entomology, School of Medicine, Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, Mwanza, Tanzania, and others)

Chapter 7: The Pathologic Spectrum of Incidental Biopsy-Diagnosed Schistosomiasis in the Limpopo Province, South Africa, with Special Emphasis on Female Urogenital Schistosomiasis
(Louis-Jacques van Bogaert, National Health Laboratory Service, Polokwane/Mankweng Hospital Complex and University of Limpopo, South Africa)

Chapter 8: Epidemiology of Imported Bilharzia: Prophylactic and Treatment Options for Children
(José Uberos Fernández, Antonio Molina-Carballo, Manuel Molina-Oyo, Eduardo Narbona-López and Antonio Muñoz-Hoyos, Paediatrics Service, San Cecilio University Hospital, Granada, Spain, and others)


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