Swimmer’s itch: What causes this neglected snail-borne disease?

Cercarial dermatitis is caused by the larvae of blood flukes that are parasites of birds or mammals. A new study suggests that a cercarial dermatitis outbreak in South Thailand was caused by the blood fluke Schistosoma indicum. The study offers important insights on these parasites, which, apart from being a public health issue, can also infect livestock animals, threatening the sustenance of people in the region.

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