J Pediatr Infect Dis 2017; 12(04): 238-248
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1603354
Review Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Schistosomiasis in Children in the Philippines: Beyond Health Issues

Cristina Cabanacan-Salibay1, 2, Mario Torres1, Hazel Anne Luyon-Tabo1, 2, Steven Paulo Salibay2, 3
  • 1Department of Biological Sciences, De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, College of Science and Computer Studies, Cavite, Philippines
  • 2Graduate School of College of Science and Computer Studies, De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, Cavite, Philippines
  • 3College of Arts and Sciences, Cavite State University, Indang, Cavite, Philippines
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Publication History

10 August 2016

19 December 2016

Publication Date:
02 June 2017 (eFirst)


This article aims to discuss the issues about Schistosoma japonicum infection in the Philippines based on the research findings of previous studies. This includes reviews about the nature of schistosomiasis, with emphasis on its effects on children. The review also discusses the mode of transmission of the parasite, etiology, and epidemiology, and relates these factors to the persistence of S. japonicum as a major health problem in the Philippines. The efforts, preventive measures, and recommended actions of the government are also mentioned and have been taken into consideration in strengthening the eradication measures against S. japonicum. This review further analyzes the risk factors associated with the infected individuals. Some measures and practices that may contribute to the prevention of S. japonicum infection are highlighted.