Credit: SINCLAIR STAMMERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A metacercarial cyst, a stage in the life cycle of the liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica), a parasitic flatworm. The juvenile fluke can be seen moving inside the cyst. Metacercariae attached to vegetation are ingested by ruminants, or by humans eating uncooked foods such as watercress. In the duodenum, immature flukes emerge from these cysts and migrate into the bile ducts. Here they reach maturity and pass eggs into the faeces, which contaminate water. The eggs hatch producing larvae which infect certain species of freshwater snail, the liver fluke's intermediate host. Larvae emerge from the snail and form metacercarial cysts on nearby vegetation, thus continuing the fluke's life cycle. Liver flukes cause fascioliasis, a liver disease with symptoms including digestive problems, fever, pain, anaemia and jaundice. Footage filmed at Ridgeway Research, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom.

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Liver fluke metacercaria

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