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Schistosoma japonicum

Taxonomy ID 6182

The trematode Schistosoma japonicum, or Asian blood fluke, is a parasite of significant public health importance in China, Taiwan, the Philippines and Southeast Asia. S. japonicum is one of the three major infectious agents responsible for the chronic debilitating disease schistosomiasis. The intermediate host for the parasite is snail and the definitive host a wide range of at least 31 species of wild mammals, therefore it can be considered a true zoonosis. Burdens of morbidity are high and schistosomiasis may contribute to several hundred thousand human deaths annually.

Genome Projects

There are 3 genome projects for Schistosoma japonicum:

  • PRJEA34885: Chinese Human Genome Center (Strain China/Anhui)
  • PRJNA520774: Fudan University (Strain HuSjv2)
  • PRJNA724792: The blood fluke Schistosoma japonicum is the causative agent of the neglected tropical disease schistosomiasis japonica. (Strain F4M4)