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Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2000 Feb;62(2 Suppl):65-72.

The epidemiology of schistosomiasis in Egypt: Minya Governorate.

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  • 1Department of Medical Parasitology, Minya University School of Medicine, Egypt.


Risk factors, prevalence, and intensity of infection with Schistosoma sp. and prevalence and magnitude of morbidity caused by schistosomiasis was assessed in a stratified random sample of 16,433 subjects from 2,409 households in 33 rural communities in Minya Governorate, Egypt. The prevalence of S. haematobium ranged from 1.9% to 32.7% among the communities and averaged 8.9%. The average intensity of infection was a geometric mean egg count (GMEC) of 8.5 per 10 ml of urine and ranged from 1.6 to 30.9. Prevalence was maximum (18-20%) in those 10-20 years of age and higher in males than in females. Intensity of infection followed the same pattern. Infection with S. mansoni was present almost exclusively in a single village, confirming spread of this species up the Nile River and its focality in Minya. Risk factors for S. haematobium infection were an age from 11 to 20; male gender; males bathing in, women washing clothing or utensils in, and children swimming or playing in canals; and a history of, or treatment for, schistosomiasis. Recent history of burning micturition was associated with infection in children but not in adults, while a history of blood in urine correlated with S. haematobium infection in both age groups. Reagent strip-detected hematuria and proteinuria were highly associated, particularly in children, with S. haematobium infection. The presence of hepatomegaly or splenomegaly on physical examination was not associated with S. haematobium ova in the urine. Hepatomegaly, as measured by ultrasonography in the midclavicular line or the midsternal line, or ultrasonography-detected splenomegaly were not present more frequently in infected subjects than in uninfected subjects. Schistosoma ova were not detected more frequently in urine of subjects with ultrasonography-detected periportal fibrosis than in the urine from subjects without this finding. Ultrasonography-detected urinary bladder wall lesions were detected in only 6 (0.3%) subjects and obstructive uropathy was observed in 54 (2.7%) subjects. The absence of an association between prevalence of urinary tract morbidity and S. haematobium infections was surprising. Two possible explanations are 1) that repeated chemotherapy has reduced the prevalence of urinary tract morbidity and 2) that morbidity was not being detected by the ultrasonographic operators.

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