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Also called bilharziasis or snail fever; a helminthic infection of humans involving 200 million persons in Africa, the Middle East, the Orient, and South America. The causative agent is the blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni, and its snail vector is Biomphalaria glabrata. The genetic control of susceptibility of B. glabrata to S. mansoni is a subject of active investigation.

Subjects: Medicine and Health — Biological Sciences.

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