from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See schistosome.

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  • n. The parasitic disease schistosomiasis

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of the order Trematoidea, or fluke-worms, endoparasitic in the blood-vessels of man, especially in the urinary organs, the ova escaping through an ulceration which the presence of the parent causes.

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  • n. an infestation with or a resulting infection caused by a parasite of the genus Schistosoma; common in the tropics and Far East; symptoms depend on the part of the body infected


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin Bilharzia, genus name, after Theodor Bilharz (1825-1862), German physician.


  • The new commitments aim to eradicate or reduce leprosy, lymphatic filariasis (also known as elephantiasis), blinding trachoma, sleeping sickness, Guinea worm, schistosomiasis (also called bilharzia), river blindness, soil-transmitted helminthes, Chagas disease and visceral leishmaniasis.

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  • The disease they caused, known as bilharzia or schistosomiasis, drained the energy of hundreds of millions of people who were supposed to build European empires.

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  • Schistosomiasis (also known as bilharzia) is one of the most prevalent diseases spread by the use of irrigation water, especially slowly moving water in canals, lakes, and rivers.

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  • Schistosomiasis, also called bilharzia and once known as the disease of the pharaohs because traces have been found in mummified bodies, could be brought under control in the worst afflicted countries by an ambitious project launched from the UK.


  • Part of the reason Egypt has so many carriers of HCV, according to the WHO and Ministry of Health, is due to government campaigns between the 1950s and 1980s treating rural populations for schistosomiasis, also known as bilharzia, an endemic water-borne parasitic disease present in the Nile River.


  • Schistosomiasis, also known as bilharzia, is an NTD that affects over 200 million people worldwide (Steinmann et al, 2005) and has drastic effects on the economic viability of the country in which it is endemic (Sturrock, R. F.,

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  • Indeed, bilharzia kills more than twenty thousand people each year.

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  • Blood tests revealed that William, who had just returned in late October from a month in Africa—two days of which were spent white-water rafting down the Nile—was suffering from bilharzia, a parasitic ailment that can lead to paralysis, seizures, liver damage, even death.

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  • Forced to drink from the local stream, 60% of children in school were urinating blood, a symptom of bilharzia, a water-borne disease that impairs cognitive development.

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  • The people he found were exhausted, dispirited, and succumbing in great numbers to river blindness, sleeping sickness, influenza, meningitis, malaria, the kidney or liver ruin of bilharzia, and the bone pain of yaws.



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  • "Long ago, when Naima was ill with bilharzia, Father, at Mother's insistence, brought me to visit her."

    "Naima" by Hisham Matar, in The New Yorker, January 24, 2011, p 69

    February 2, 2011

  • "When it comes to malaria, filaria and bilharzia, which will spread in Ethiopia if any degree of irrigation is achieved, and are already endemic in two-thirds of Ethiopia anyway, a massive, concerted and fantastically costly programme of research is needed, but as long as only poor countries suffer from these parasitic diseases, such a programme will never be undertaken."

    - 'Resetlement, Ethiopia, 1985', Germaine Greer in The Madwoman's Underclothes.

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