“... A study led by Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Research Programme (MLW), published in One Health, shows that hybrid human schistosomes - the parasites that cause the disease - are regularly emerging from cattle. ...”

“... Schistosomiasis is a neglected tropical disease that affects over 240 million people. In 2021, the WHO launched a new road map for schistosomiasis, which targets the disease for elimination as a public health problem by 2030.

Current control strategies are based on providing regular access to community-distributed medicines, but if infections are acquired from non-human sources, however, such disease control strategies are unlikely to be effective. ...”

“... The multidisciplinary team of UK-USA-Malawi researchers studied several herds of cattle across three districts where almost half (49.3%) of the animals were found to have bovine schistosomiasis. Although hybrid human schistosome infections were present in only 1.8% of these animals, such cattle infect local aquatic snails which in turn infect a significant proportion of people with urogenital schistosomiasis. ...” 

SEE: Hybrid schistosomes from cattle complicate human disease control (