Col. SEM of Schistosoma mansoni, bilharzia fluke

Col. SEM of Schistosoma mansoni, bilharzia fluke

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Caption: Bilharzia fluke. Coloured Scanning Electron Micro- graph (SEM) of an adult fluke of Schistosoma mansoni, one of three species of trematode worm which cause bilharzia (schistosomiasis). Here, the head of the worm and part of its body are visible (above centre, yellow). The female adult fluke lives in a cleft on the male worm & is continually fertilised. Flukes inhabit blood vessels of the human intestine and bladder, releasing their eggs into faeces or urine to contaminate freshwater. Infection occurs by contact with water. Bilharzia is a parasitic disease with serious complications. About 200 million people are affected worldwide.

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Keywords: animal, bilharzia, bilharzia fluke, flatworm, fluke, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, platyhelminthes, schistosoma mansoni, schistosomiasis, wildlife, zoology

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