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10 facts on tackling neglected tropical diseases with water, sanitation and hygiene


Protecting freshwater from contamination reduces schistosomiasis

Improved sanitation can prevent faeces and urine which contain worm eggs from contaminating surface water. This can reduce the transmission of schistosomiasis. Since some schistosome species are also transmitted through animal (cow, buffalo) urine or faeces, it is important to protect freshwater from animals and animal waste.

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