Australian research partnership formed to tackle worm disease which kills 200,000 people each year

Merck, a leading science and technology company, has  announced the formation of a three year research partnership to continue efforts to eliminate one of the world’s most devastating parasitic diseases.

Schistosomiasis affects more than 200 million people worldwide2 and is prevalent in the world’s poorest populations where people live without access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. School-aged children are particularly vulnerable to the disease which is caused by parasitic worms and can cause anaemia, stomach pain, diarrhoea, bladder cancer and delayed cognitive development and growth.

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