Schistosomiasis – a health risk for travelers

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Dr. med. Burkhard Rieke Facharzt für Innere Medizin, Tropenmedizin

Dr. med. Burkhard Rieke
Facharzt für Innere Medizin, Tropenmedizin

In the first CRC Lecture of the winter term 2013/14, Dr. med. Burkhard Rieke will speak about schistosomiasis (Bilharzia), a parasitic disease commonly found in Africa. Freshwater snails are the vectors (intermediary agents) of the parasitic trematodes (Schistosoma sp.), which can infect humans exposed to contaminated water. Several CRC projects are running in Africa and their project members are often exposed to water that might be contaminated by infected freshwater snails.

Thus, all CRC members active in Africa are required to watch the relevant video in which Dr. med. B. Rieke raises awareness of this potential health risk and suggests suitable prevention measures.

Dr. med. B. Rieke is specialized in internal and tropical medicine in particular Malaria. A report of the case study mentioned in the video can be accessed online here (subscription is required).

Event Information:

Date, Time: 28/10/2013, 17:30 h – 19:00 h

Location: Übungsraum 3, Geographie / Südbau, Otto-Fischer-Str. 4, Köln