By NewsDesk @bactiman63
In a report posted on the infectious disease website, ProMED-Mail Friday, officials in Munich reported a case of urogenital schistosomiasis in a 49-year-old German man with no history of travel outside the European continent.
The case presented with symptoms of macrohematuria (gross blood in the urine) this past summer and was diagnosed with Schistosoma haematobium/S. bovis hybrid.
While he had no travel history outside Europe, he did travel to Corsica Island, southeast of mainland France twice, in 2019 and 2013. An outbreak of schistosomiasis was first reported in Corsica in 2014.
However, he did not swim in the same river that was linked to the previous outbreak (Cavu River). He did, however, bath in the Solenzara River, which is not connected to the Cavu.
Officials say the parasite strain in this case is the same as identified during the previous outbreak, suggesting the transmission in Corsica is ongoing.