Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Print version ISSN 0074-0276
THIENGO, Silvana C et al. Freshwater snails and Schistosomiasis mansoni in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: III - Baixadas Mesoregion. Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz [online]. 2002, vol.97, suppl.1, pp. 43-46. ISSN 0074-0276. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0074-02762002000900010.
In this paper, the third of a series dealing with the survey of freshwater gastropods of the state of Rio de Janeiro, the results of collections carried out in the Mesoregion Baixadas from 2000 to 2002 are presented. Twenty-two species, belonging to seven families, were found. As to the snail intermediate hosts of Schistosoma mansoni, the most frequent species was Biomphalaria tenagophila besides some new findings of Biomphalaria straminea. No specimens were found harboring larval forms of S. mansoni although different kinds of cercariae had been observed.
Keywords : schistosomiasis mansoni; freshwater snails; cercariae; Rio de Janeiro; Brazil.