International News from Stanford University - 2015
A deadly disease may have met its match: a bug-eyed, pint-sized crustacean.
A Stanford-led study in Senegal, West Africa finds that freshwater prawns can serve as an effective natural solution in the battle against schistosomiasis, a potentially deadly parasitic disease that infects about 230 million people. The prawns prey on parasite-infected snails, while providing a source of marketable protein-rich food. Because prawns cannot support schistosomiasis’ complex lifecycle, they do not transmit the disease themselves.