Colour SEM of Schistosoma mansoni, bilharzia fluke

Colour SEM of Schistosoma mansoni, bilharzia fluke

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Caption: Bilharzia fluke's head. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the mouth of an adult male fluke of Schistosoma mansoni, one of the trematode species causing bilharzia (schistosomiasis). The female adult fluke lives in a cleft on the male worm and 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 causing fever, pain, blood in the urine or faeces, and enlargement of the liver and spleen. Kidney failure may also result. Magnification unknown.

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

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