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Agrochemicals increase risk of human schistosomiasis by supporting higher densities of intermediate hosts

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Communications, February 2018
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Agrochemicals increase risk of human schistosomiasis by supporting higher densities of intermediate hosts
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Nature Communications, February 2018
DOI 10.1038/s41467-018-03189-w
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Neal T. Halstead, Christopher M. Hoover, Arathi Arakala, David J. Civitello, Giulio A. De Leo, Manoj Gambhir, Steve A. Johnson, Nicolas Jouanard, Kristin A. Loerns, Taegan A. McMahon, Raphael A. Ndione, Karena Nguyen, Thomas R. Raffel, Justin V. Remais, Gilles Riveau, Susanne H. Sokolow, Jason R. Rohr


Schistosomiasis is a snail-borne parasitic disease that ranks among the most important water-based diseases of humans in developing countries. Increased prevalence and spread of human schistosomiasis to non-endemic areas has been consistently linked with water resource management related to agricultural expansion. However, the role of agrochemical pollution in human schistosome transmission remains unexplored, despite strong evidence of agrochemicals increasing snail-borne diseases of wildlife and a projected 2- to 5-fold increase in global agrochemical use by 2050. Using a field mesocosm experiment, we show that environmentally relevant concentrations of fertilizer, a herbicide, and an insecticide, individually and as mixtures, increase densities of schistosome-infected snails by increasing the algae snails eat and decreasing densities of snail predators. Epidemiological models indicate that these agrochemical effects can increase transmission of schistosomes. Identifying agricultural practices or agrochemicals that minimize disease risk will be critical to meeting growing food demands while improving human wellbeing.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 65 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 13 20%
Researcher 12 18%
Professor 7 11%
Student > Bachelor 6 9%
Student > Master 6 9%
Other 21 32%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 20 31%
Unspecified 14 22%
Environmental Science 10 15%
Medicine and Dentistry 6 9%
Immunology and Microbiology 4 6%
Other 11 17%

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