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Vol. 12 - Num. 47

Clinical Reviews

Schistosomiasis: an imported disease

Leticia Ramos Macíasa, I Sebastián Garcíaa, R Alcuaz Romanob, M Jiménez Toledoa, B Santana Salcedoa

aDepartamento de Pediatría. Complejo Hospitalario Insular Materno-Infantil de Canarias. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Las Palmas. España.
bServicio de Microbiología. Hospital Universitario de Gran Canaria Dr. Juan Negrín. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Las Palmas. España.

Correspondence: L Ramos. E-mail:

Reference of this article: Ramos Macías L, Sebastián García I, Alcuaz Romano R, Jiménez Toledo M, Santana Salcedo B. Schistosomiasis: an imported disease. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2010;12:425-30.

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Infectious diseases cause more than fifty per cent of deaths in childhood. The World Health Organization has pointed out schistosomiasis as a major cause of morbidity in tropical countries. Immigration and international travels have contributed to the occurrence in our country of so-called imported diseases. Pediatricians should know the geographical distribution as well as the most frequent clinical manifestations of these diseases. A good epidemiological history collecting country of origin, time of stay and risk factors can advise to a diagnosis. We present two clinical cases of patients arriving from tropical countries diagnosed of schistosomiasis. One of them comes in a process of international adoption and the second as immigrant.


Immigration Parasitic diseases Schistosomiasis



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