Gauteng and NW Province

Bilharzia from taking a bath!

Believe it or not, but I was just informed that someone in our area was diagnosed with bilharzia. No, not from swimming in the dam…. from taking a bath!

Bilharzia is a human disease caused by parasitic worms. Over one billion humans are at risk worldwide and approximately 300 millions are infected. Bilharzia is common in the tropics where ponds, streams and irrigation canals harbor bilharzia-transmitting snails. .. and obviously in areas where our water quality is as it is. Imagine you cannot relax in a bath anymore!

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