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Schistosomiasis in Corsica (France)

Updated October 20, 2014

Updated: October 09, 2014

What is the current situation?

According to the European Centre for Disease Control Adobe PDF fileExternal Web Site Icon, 6 people were infected with schistosomiasis on the island of Corsica (France). All of the travelers were exposed to the freshwater in the Cavu River and had not traveled to other areas where schistosomiasis is known to occur. In June 2014, the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance established a screening program for people that reported contact with the Cavu River during 2011-2013. Since then 54 cases have been reported among French residents.

CDC recommends that travelers to the island of Corsica avoid exposure to freshwater to prevent schistosomiasis.