Two hundred cases of schistosomiasis and diarrhea have been reported in children due to drinking contaminated water from pools and rivers in the Boni forest (Garissa district) in eastern Kenya, a region threatened by Al Sahab terrorism. Boni residents have been forced to drink untreated, dirty water as their water sources have dried up due to a devastating drought.

 

Consequences for the traveler

Avoid all contact with freshwater, especially bathing and wading near the shore and drinking untreated drinking water. Bathe only in chlorinated pool water and in the ocean (saltwater), as this does not pose a risk in regards to schistosomiasis infections. A schistosomiasis infection should be ruled out after possible exposure.

For more information: see HealthyTravel: Factsheet Schistosomiasis

 

References

Outbreak News Today, 12.10.2021