Chagas   Disease

Named after

Brazilian physician Carlos Chagas (1909) 

Also known as

American trypanosomiasis

Culprit 

protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi (T. Cruzi)

Fetal Ultrasounds in a Globalised World

In a world marked by mobility, migration, globalisation and climate change, obstetric sonographers are ever more likely to come across pregnant women of very diverse backgrounds, who have crossed borders and passed through many places with a variety of endemic diseases.

Immigrants, refugees, expats and tourists may carry viral infections and parasitoses which you would not ordinarily be on the lookout for in your general practice.

Therefore, in this new series, we’ll be crossing some borders and explore the territories of ‘exotic’ congenital diseases.

Schistosomiasis

Named after

​Schistosoma, a parasitic water-born flatworm

Also known as

Snail fever

Bilharziasis (by the German surgeon Bilharz in Cairo 1851)

 

Culprit 

Trematode blood flukes of the genus Schistosoma