Colour SEM of Schistosoma mansoni, bilharzia fluke

Colour SEM of Schistosoma mansoni, bilharzia fluke

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Caption: Bilharzia fluke. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the parasitic adult male fluke of Schistosoma mansoni, one of the trematode species causing bilharzia (schistosomiasis). The male's head (at bottom) lies below a sucker (at centre). The female fluke lives in a cleft (not visible) on the male just above the sucker and is continually fertilised. Flukes live in the 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 causes fever, pain, blood in the urine or faeces, and enlargement of the liver or spleen. Magnification unknown.

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

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