Schistosome fluke, SEM

Schistosome fluke, SEM

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Caption: Female schistosome fluke. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a female schistosome fluke (Schistosoma mansoni), a cause of schistosomiasis in humans. This worm lives in the veins around the large intestine, anchoring itself in place on the blood vessel wall with several suckers, and feeding on its host's blood cells. The presence of the worms causes fever and abdominal pain as well as enlargement of the liver. The many eggs produced by the female worm can also form obstructions of tissues known as granulomas. Magnification: x7,850 at 6x7cm size. x1350 at 4x5"

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