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Here's how drones are being used to stop the spread of tropical diseases

Billy Abdi, from Kenya, takes a bath after working in the sand banks near a river embankment in Rajaf, 5 km (3.1 miles) outside southern Sudan's capital Juba, June 27, 2007. The north-south peace deal gave the semi-autonomous government of southern Sudan a 50 percent share of oil revenues from wells in the south, but the government says that is not enough to meet the region's enormous development needs. REUTERS/Edward Ou (SUDAN) - GM1DVORRCPAA

More than 200 million people globally have schistosomiasis. Image: REUTERS/Edward Ou

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Freshwater snails that transmit schistosomiasis thrive in unrooted, floating vegetation that can be seen in aerial images. In this photo, the dark, patchy vegetation in the water is the ideal habitat for snails.
Image: Andrew Chamberlin/Stanford
Researchers process the vegetation from a sampling point in northwestern Senegal, May 2016.
Image: Chelsea Wood/U. Washingto
The field team uses a wooden canoe and protective clothing during snail sampling at Kheune, Senegal.
Image: Chelsea Wood/U. Washington
A village’s river water access point, as seen from a drone, in northwestern Senegal. People use river waters for many purposes, including bathing, swimming, and washing dishes and clothes.
Image: Andrew Chamberlin/Stanford
Coauthor Simon Senghor uses a microscope to screen snails for schistosome infection in St. Louis, Senegal, May 2015.
Image: Chelsea Wood/U. Washington
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