Credit: SINCLAIR STAMMERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Liver fluke. A juvenile liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica), emerging from its metacercarial cyst. This parasitic trematode (flatworm) infects the livers of various mammals, including humans, causing a disease known as fascioliasis. Metacercarial cysts attached to vegetation are ingested by ruminants, or by humans eating uncooked foods such as watercress. In the duodenum, immature flukes emerge and migrate into the bile ducts, feeding on blood and tissue. They mature and lay eggs which contaminate water via the host's faeces. The eggs hatch and infect certain freshwater snails from which larvae later emerge. The larvae form metacercarial cysts on nearby vegetation, thus continuing the fluke's life cycle. Footage filmed at Ridgeway Research, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom.

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Liver fluke, juvenile emerging

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