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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 93-95

Urogenital schistosomiasis in libya, a case report and evaluation of the current situation

1 Leishmania Clinic, National Centre for Disease Control, University of Tripoli, Tripoli, Libya
2 Department of Medical Laboratories Sciences, Faculty of Medical Technology, University of Tripoli, Tripoli, Libya
3 Department of Molecular Microbiology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Al-Quds University, Jerusalem, Palestine
4 National Centre for Disease Control, Tripoli, Libya

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Aisha S Gashout
Department of Medical Laboratories Sciences, Faculty of Medical Technology, Tripoli University, Suk El-Guma, P.O. Box 9421, Tripoli
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ljms.ljms_17_21

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Urogenital Schistosomiasis is a parasitic worm disease caused by Schistosoma haematobium and transmitted through the penetration of the human skin by swimming infective larva (Cercaria). Here, we report a new sporadic case of Urinary schistosomiasis in Ubari city in South-West Libya. A 25-year-old male was presented with a history of hematuria, backpain, abdominal, and kidney pain since 2017. The diagnosis of urogenital Schistosomiasis was confirmed by microscopic identification of terminal-spined schistosome eggs and red blood cells in urine samples. The patient was treated with a single dose of 40 mg/kg Praziquantel. By follow-up, a complete recovery of urinary symptoms was observed with no evidence of schistosome eggs in urine. In conclusion, the local health authorities should take proper measures to establish new elimination programs of schistosomiasis, and to increased awareness of this especially in old endemic areas where reemerging of schistosomiasis is most likely.

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