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Volume 15, Number 11—November 2009

Dispatch

Travel-related Schistosomiasis Acquired in Laos

Eyal Leshem, Eyal Meltzer, Esther Marva, and Eli SchwartzComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel (E. Leshem, E. Meltzer, E. Schwartz); Tel Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine, Ramat Aviv, Israel (E. Leshem, E. Meltzer, E. Schwartz); Ministry of Health, Jerusalem, Israel (E. Marva)

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Map of Laos. The area in which Schistosoma mekongi is known to be endemic is highlighted in light blue. The area highlighted in light yellow shows both the known area and the area predicted by Attwood’s paleogeographic models (1) to be inhabited by Neotricula aperta (freshwater snails), the known intermediary host for S. mekongi. Two foci of travel-related schistosomiasis are also highlighted with red stars. The dark blue line shows the route of the Mekong River.

Figure. Map of Laos. The area in which Schistosoma mekongi is known to be endemic is highlighted in light blue. The area highlighted in light yellow shows both the known area and the area predicted by Attwood’s paleogeographic models (1) to be inhabited by Neotricula aperta (freshwater snails), the known intermediary host for S. mekongi. Two foci of travel-related schistosomiasis are also highlighted with red stars. The dark blue line shows the route of the Mekong River.

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