Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Laos

People live in the most basic conditions along the Mekong River and on its approximately 4000 islets in the south of Laos. Cultural preferences such as the consumption of raw food (including carcinogenic trematodes) as well as the lack of hygienic facilities and the intensive life with the river (schistosomiasis) favour the occurrence of various parasitic worm diseases.

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