image of Mapping Out the under-Recognized Burden of Human Infertility Linked to Schistosoma haematobium Infection
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


In an article published in this month’s issue of the , Patricia Woodall and Michael Kramer report on the ecological association between long-term exposure to infection and a woman’s odds of experiencing primary or secondary infertility in four East African countries—Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Links between schistosomiasis, (particularly urogenital schistosomiasis caused by ) and either primary or secondary infertility have long been suspected based on past case reports and on limited cross-sectional community studies. However, the extent of the schistosomiasis-associated infertility problem has not been well quantified, and Woodall and Kramer’s new geographic landscape analysis defines the overlap between exposure (whether to or to ) and the chances of experiencing infertility.

[open-access] This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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  • Published online : 05 Feb 2018
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