infestation by a parasitic blood worm that can damage the liver, bladder, and intestines
Serious disease caused by parasitic worms harbored by snails in some Third World countries. The worms can invade the prostate and cause a form of prostatitis.
A parasitic disease due to infestation with blood flukes belonging to the genus Schistosoma, q.v. The disease is endemic throughout Asia, Africa and tropical America. Infestation occurs by wading or bathing in water containing cercariae that have issued from snails. SYN: bilharziasis.