SEM of tapeworm taenia saginata

SEM of tapeworm taenia saginata

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Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head (scolex) and neck of a tapeworm, Taenia saginata, a parasite of the human intestine. T. saginata is the commonest tapeworm parasite in humans, varying in length from 4-10 metres. Its larval stage develops within muscles of cattle, and humans are infected through eating raw or undercooked beef. The presence of the worm in intestines give rise to increased appetite, hunger pains, weight loss, and general weakness. Worms are expelled from intestines using anthelmintic drugs such as niclosamide and dichlorophen. Magnification: x7 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: animal, false-coloured, fauna, flatworm, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, platyhelminthes, scanning electron micrograph, sem, taenia saginata, taeniasis, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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