Schistosomiasis in newly reclaimed areas in Egypt. 2--Patterns of transmission.

F. Yousif, M. el-Emam, A. Abdel Kader, A. S. el-Din, K. el-Hommossany, C. Shiff

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The distribution, abundance and seasonality of infected Biomphalaria alexandrina and Bulinus truncatus were studied for 2 years (1992-1994) in two newly reclaimed areas, namely El Manayef and El-Morra areas located on both sides of Suez Canal near Ismailia City. The results confirm the occurrence of transmission of both Schistosoma mansoni and S. haematobium since infected snails of both species were recovered in these areas. This consequently proves that reclamation of parts of the desert utilizing Nile water had led to spread of schistosomiasis to these areas. Analysis of the data shows that the infected snails, especially B. alexandrina, were found clustered in a relatively few numbers of transmission sites and furthermore the greater majority of these sites were found located within a less number of transmission foci. This pattern of focality is clearly demonstrated by Geographical Information System (GIS) produced maps. Infected B. alexandrina snails fluctuated seasonally showing 2 peaks, a minor peak in August and a higher one in November. Only one peak of infected B. truncatus was recognized in July.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)635-648
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the Egyptian Society of Parasitology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1999
Externally publishedYes

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