Tungiasis, light micrograph

Tungiasis, light micrograph

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Caption: Tungiasis. Light micrograph of a section through tissue infected with the parasitic flea (Tunga penetrans). Eggs (yellow), ovaries (pink) and gut (top right) from the flea can be seen. The female of this tropical flea burrows head-first into the skin of its host and drinks its blood. She swells to many times her normal size as she does so, before bursting and releasing eggs. The area around the bite is painful and itchy, and often becomes infected. Magnification: x150 when printed at 10 centimetres wide. Human tissue.

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