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Following Outbreak of Bilharzia in Zimbabwe, Officials Step Up Public Education

Twenty-four school children from Chegato Mission in Mberengwa, Midlands province, were reported to have contracted the disease

Following a recent outbreak of bilharzia in Zimbabwe's Mberengwa district recently, health experts are warning the public to avoid pools of stagnant water.

Bilharzia, also known as schistosomiasis, is a parisitic disease with potentially serious long-term effects and can be transmitted by contact with infected water.

Reports said 24 school children from Chegato Mission in Mberengwa, Midlands, contracted the disease after playing in dirty water from a nearby reservoir.

Johannesburg-based Dr. Joshua Sibanda told VOA Studio 7 reporter Brenda Moyo that bilharzia can be prevented by educating people about its causes.