The Snail Flu cometh: CHINA DESTROYS SNAILS TO PREVENT SNAIL-BORN FEVER: XINHUA
Lots of weird shit from China. This story says they have had this since 1998. Is it now reaching an epidemic high?
BEIJING (September 10, 1998) — According to the Chinese Red Cross, there are outbreaks of a number of diseases including snail fever in the vast flooded area along the Yangtze River. Nearly 10,000 medical teams are giving out water purification tablets and treating people who have had contact with polluted flood water and so are at risk for getting snail fever, or schistosomiasis.
Snail fever, or schistosomiasis, is a parasitic disease of the liver, gastrointestinal tract and bladder. The disease is caused by a specific worm which enters a person’s body from infested polluted water.