By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Health officials in Rakhine state, Myanmar continue to see high numbers of schistosomiasis infections, according to a Democratic Voice of Burma report (computer translated).

Burma map
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Since the beginning of the year,  more than 200 people were found to be confirmed infected by the parasitic disease, mostly children.

Schistosomiasis was detected in Rakhine state in October 2016. The confirmed cases included one in 2016, 44 in 2017, and 478 in 2018.

Most of the cases were from Sittwe township, followed by Pauktaw, Mrauk-U, Ponnagyun, and Kyauktaw townships.

Schistosomiasis is an acute and chronic disease caused by trematode parasites, which health authorities say more than 200 million people are infected worldwide and in terms of impact, this disease is second only to malaria as the most devastating parasitic disease.

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