[Schistosomiasis endemic in Burkina Faso]

Bull Soc Pathol Exot. 2004 Feb;97(1):47-52.
[Article in French]


Burkina Faso, through the works of many teams of the OCCGE based in Bobo-Dioulasso, has signi-ficant data on several tropical endemics of which schistosomiasis. With the complementary works, it appears to be possible to establish a distribution of the schistosomiasis which reveals its importance. It will be the first stage of the planned national control program. The parasitologic data-gathering which covers the period of 1951 to 2000, used all the standard techniques. It is about Kato-Kartz and MIF for the intestinal schistosomiasis, centrifugation, filtration, serology reagent strips, macroscopy of urines and echography of the urinary system for the urinary schistosomiasis. All the eleven medical areas of the country have many sites submitted to parasitologic investigation. As regard the distribution of the two parasites involved with man (Schistosoma haematobium and S. mansoni), the data of prevalence (1% to 100%) and their distribution confirm their endemicity and the focal transmission. S. mansoni is located in eight medical areas particularly in the South and the West. S. haematobium is present in all the eleven medical areas of the country. In hydraulic planning as Sourou where the prevalences went from 23% to 70% for S. haematobium and from 0% to 69% for S. mansoni between 1987 and 1998. The situation requires a continuous monitoring. The spatial distribution of the six species of intermediate hosts shows that Bulinus truncatus and B. senegalensis Soudano-Sahelian species are present in all the ecological zones. B. globosus and Biomphalaria pfeifferi meet preferentially in the southern half of the country which reinforces the observation according to which the 14th northern parallel is often considered as the limit of septentrional extension of these two species. The other species Bulinus forskalii and B umbilicatus could have preference areas. All the species show a certain affinity with a type of biotope. The rarity and temporary aquatic systems lead to a concentration of the domestic and especially entertaining children activities around these biotopes very often contaminated. The phenomenon is amplified by the increase of contacts man-water, whose frequency and intensity are themselves dependent on activities related to hydro-agricultural planning. The analysis of the data shows, that in terms of colonization of the biotopes by molluscs and the relations between parasites and intermediate and final hosts, hydraulic planning turns out to be an amplifying factor of the species proliferation and parasitic flux host-parasite.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Agriculture / methods
  • Animals
  • Biomphalaria / parasitology
  • Bulinus / parasitology
  • Burkina Faso / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Disease Reservoirs*
  • Disease Vectors
  • Feces / parasitology
  • Humans
  • Prevalence
  • Schistosoma haematobium / isolation & purification
  • Schistosoma mansoni / isolation & purification
  • Schistosomiasis haematobia / diagnostic imaging
  • Schistosomiasis haematobia / epidemiology*
  • Schistosomiasis haematobia / parasitology
  • Schistosomiasis haematobia / prevention & control
  • Schistosomiasis haematobia / transmission
  • Schistosomiasis mansoni / epidemiology*
  • Schistosomiasis mansoni / parasitology
  • Schistosomiasis mansoni / prevention & control
  • Schistosomiasis mansoni / transmission
  • Ultrasonography
  • Urine / parasitology
  • Water / parasitology
  • Water Pollution
  • Water Supply


  • Water