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Overview

Samiha El Katsha

in Gender, Behavior, and Health

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9789774247286
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970245 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774247286.003.0001
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A parasitic disease transmitted through human activities taking place in or near canals, slow-moving streams, and lakes in tropical and subtropical countries is known as schistosomiasis. When schistosomiasis victims first become infected they suffer intestinal disorders, nutritional deficiencies, and general debilitation. It has been recognized as a serious health problem in Egypt for the last 150 years, although infection levels fell sharply during the 1990s. Social scientists look beyond immediate happenings at the local level to examine the broader political and economic structures that form part of the greater whole within which the immediate events occur. They look at infection as the result of daily activities carried out by various groups of people in specific social settings.

Keywords: schistosomiasis; debilitation; infections; local level; daily activities

Chapter.  3115 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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