snail fever


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Schistosomiasis, also known as snail fever and bilharzia, is a parasitic worm infection that slowly destroys the kidneys and liver. The Economist, "How Sierra Leone is beating tropical diseases," 23 June 2018 Schistosomiasis is sometimes called bilharzia or snail fever because the illness-causing larvae spend their nights tucked away in the shells of snails in freshwater lakes. Heather Murphy, New York Times, "They’re Hosting Parasitic Worms in Their Bodies to Help Treat a Neglected Disease," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of snail fever

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snail fever

from the snails which serve as intermediate hosts to the schistosomes causing the disease

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