Schistosomiasis: Schistosoma parasite

Courtesy of Beltran et al. (2008), PlosOne 3(10): e3328.
May 21, 2014
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Schistosoma parasite
Courtesy of Beltran et al. (2008), PlosOne 3(10): e3328.

Pairs of adult schistosomes mate inside humans infected with schistosomiasis when a thin female worm nestles in the body groove of a sturdy male parasite. National Museum of Natural History scientist Bert Van Bocxlaer and an international team of researchers revealed that anthropogenic changes in Africa’s Lake Malaŵi are a driving force behind the increase of schistosomiasis, a debilitating tropical disease caused by parasitic flatworms that affects 250 million people worldwide and threatens 600 million more. (Courtesy of Beltran et al. (2008), PlosOne 3(10): e3328.)

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