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Acute Pulmonary Schistosomiasis in Travelers Returning from Lake Malawi, Sub-Saharan Africa

G. S. Cooke, A. Lalvani, F. V. Gleeson and C. P. Conlon

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 29, issue 4, pages 836-838
Published in print August 1999 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online August 1999 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/520445
Acute Pulmonary Schistosomiasis in Travelers Returning from Lake Malawi, Sub-Saharan Africa

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We describe four cases of acute schistosomiasis presenting to the Infectious Diseases Unit of John Radcliffe Hospital (Oxford, England) during a 2-month period in autumn 1997. All four patients had swum in Lake Malawi, a freshwater lake in sub-Saharan Africa that is associated with Schistosoma haematobium and, less commonly, Schistosoma mansoni infections. All four patients had a severe acute illness and had prominent pulmonary involvement, both clinically and radiologically. This represents a change in the recognized pattern of presentation and could possibly reflect a new parasite variant in the lake.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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