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Gender, Human Behavior, and Exposure to Schistosomiasis

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/9789774247286.003.0009
Gender, Human Behavior, and Exposure to Schistosomiasis

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Epidemiological surveys of people who are infected with schistosomiasis categorize them according to age, sex, occupation, place of residence, and similar characteristics to provide clues about water-related behavior that might be responsible for their infection. Infection rates varied according to age with slightly different patterns observed comparing males with females. The canal-side sites within the built-up areas of a village were characterized by activities carried out either by groups of women and girls or by groups of men and boys. Observant travelers passing through Egyptian village communities could see women, men, and children engaged in a variety of activities along the banks of the canals or even in the canal itself.

Keywords: epidemiological surveys; infection; canal-side; travelers; water-related behavior

Chapter.  8450 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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