PROFESSORS P.M. MOTTA & F.M. MAGLIOCCA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PROFESSORS P.M. MOTTA & F.M. MAGLIOCCA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Giardia lamblia. Coloured Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of the parasite Giardia lamblia in the human small intestine. A number of these single-celled protozoans are seen (green); pear-shaped, they have flagellae for motility. They cause the disease giardiasis (or lambliasis), an infection of the small intestine most common in tropical areas. Giardia lamblia attaches by means of sucking discs to microvilli in the human intestine. Abdominal cramps, swelling, diarrhoea and nausea may occur. The organism is spread by direct contact or through contaminated food and water. Magnification: x1,100 at 6x7cm size.
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