Volume 41, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



To determine whether the sharply declining infection rates in parts of the Nile Delta could be generalized to the entire region, and to update the status of infection rates, a large scale survey was undertaken in 1983 in 70 of the 71 districts of the Nile Delta. In a house-to-house survey, > 91% of the sample population of 16,675 participated by providing stool and/or urine specimens which were examined qualitatively by Kato thick smear and sedimentation techniques, respectively. After the 1935 survey by Scott, the prevalence of appeared to change little, from 33% in 1935 to 39% in 1983, but a more sensitive diagnostic technique in 1983 strongly suggested that the actual prevalence had decreased between the 2 surveys. In contrast, the prevalence of infection decreased from 56% to 5%, with a similar decline in all 8 governorates. The dramatic decline in prevalence has been accompanied temporally with a sharp decrease in the population density of has become the predominant human schistosome species in the Nile Delta.


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