Persistence of schistosomal transmission linked to the Cavu river in southern Corsica since 2013

Type Article
Date 2018-01
Language English
Author(s) Ramalli Lauriane1, 2, Mulero StephenORCID3, Noel HaroldORCID4, Chiappini Jean-Dominique5, Vincent Josselin5, Barre-Cardi Helene6, Malfait Philippe1, Normand Guillaume7, Busato Florian8, Gendrin Vincent9, Allienne Jean-Francois3, Fillaux JudithORCID10, Boissier Jerome3, Berry Antoine10, 11
Affiliation(s) 1 : French Natl Publ Hlth Agcy Provence Alpes Cote dA, Sante Publ France, Reg Off, St Maurice, France.
2 : European Ctr Dis Prevent & Control ECDC, European Programme Intervent Epidemiol Training E, Stockholm, Sweden.
3 : Univ Perpignan, French Natl Ctr Sci Res CNRS, UMR 5244, Perpignan, France.
4 : French Natl Publ Hlth Agcy, Sante Publ France, St Maurice, France.
5 : Reg Hlth Agcy Corsica, Ajaccio, France.
6 : Environm Agcy Corsica, Off Environm Corse, Corsica, France.
7 : Ormeau Polyclin, Dept Urol, Tarbes, France.
8 : Bigorre Hosp, Internal Med, Tarbes, France.
9 : Nord Franche Comte Hosp, Dept Infect Dis, Trevenans, France.
10 : CHU Toulouse, Dept Parasitol Mycol, Toulouse, France.
11 : Toulouse Univ, CNRS, INSERM, UPS,Physiopathology Ctr Toulouse Purpan, Toulouse, France.
Source Eurosurveillance (1560-7917) (Eur Centre Dis Prevention & Control), 2018-01 , Vol. 23 , N. 4 , P. 2-5
DOI 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2018.23.4.18-00017
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Seven cases of urogenital schistosomiasis occurred in Corsica in 2015 and 2016. The episodes were related to exposure to the same river and involved the same parasite strain as an outbreak with 106 cases in summer 2013. The connection calls for further investigations on the presence of an animal reservoir and the survival of infested snails during winter. However, recontamination of the river from previously infected bathers remains the most likely hypothesis. Since 2015, seven cases of urogenital schistosomiasis reported exposure to the Cavu river in southern Corsica. They had no history of contact to fresh water in endemic areas. Here, we describe the cases indicating persistent schistosomal transmission linked to this river since 2013. To date, no contamination has been related to an exposure in 2017, but cases might arise in the coming months considering the long parasitic cycle in humans. Therefore, physicians in France and elsewhere should test possible clinical cases, regardless of the year of exposure to the Cavu river.

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Ramalli Lauriane, Mulero Stephen, Noel Harold, Chiappini Jean-Dominique, Vincent Josselin, Barre-Cardi Helene, Malfait Philippe, Normand Guillaume, Busato Florian, Gendrin Vincent, Allienne Jean-Francois, Fillaux Judith, Boissier Jerome, Berry Antoine (2018). Persistence of schistosomal transmission linked to the Cavu river in southern Corsica since 2013. Eurosurveillance, 23(4), 2-5. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :