Schistosome Infections: An Indian Perspective DE01-DE04
Dr. Arunava Kali,
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute,
Pillaiyarkuppam, Pondicherry â€“ 607 402, India.
Schistosomiasis is an endemic helminthic disease of human. Schistosomes display considerable biodiversity in habitat, host range, and epidemiology globally. In spite of the noticeable presence of sero-positivity for schistosomal antibody and passage of schistosome eggs in human faeces, Indian subcontinent has always been considered as a low risk region for human schistosomiasis. Several species has been described in India which may have association with human infection and cercarial rash. Although sporadic cases are not uncommon, the status of human schistosomiasis in India is not well investigated. In this review different aspect of schistosomal infection in human in India has been described briefly.