Tsetse fly feeding on human flesh

Tsetse fly feeding on human flesh

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Credit: MARTIN DOHRN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Macrophotograph of a tsetse fly Glossina morsitans, a major vector of sleeping sickness, feeding on a human arm. The abdomen of the fly can be seen filling with human blood. Sleeping sickness is mainly a disease of tropical Africa and is caused by the presence in the blood of a parasitic protozoa Trypanosoma gambiense or T. rhodesiense. These parasites are transmitted to man through the bite of the tsetse fly. Magnification: x2 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: animal, fly vector, glossina morsitans, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, macrophoto, nature, sleeping sickness, tsetse fly, wildlife, zoology

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