This schistosomiasis testing method uses paper filtration and is ultra low cost. It is ideal for use in broad population testing in endemic areas. Please note that a microscope is needed for this method but the per test cost is extremely low.
-500 13mm polycarbonate screen membrane filters (12 µm pore size)
-5 13mm plastic Swinney filter holders
-2 syringes (10 cc)
-Pair of forceps
-Convenient plastic case
Needed for testing but not included:
Lugol's iodine, urine specimen cups, microscope (40x)
The filtration kit uses membrane filter technology to detect and quantify schistosome eggs from urine, providing fast and accurate testing.
Great for use in broad, population testing and public health data.
Called the disease of poverty, schistosomiasis or bilharzia is a neglected tropical disease caused by a parasite living in freshwater snails. It is highly prevalent in poor farming communities that lack adequate safe water or sanitation.
Poor birth outcomes including low birth weight
Inflammation in the placenta
Linked to maternal anemia
Some forms of schistosomiasis are linked to HIV risk increases
Linked to child stunting and reduced cognition
Method used by WHO in "Basic laboratory methods in medical parasitology"