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Schistosoma mansoni parasite.  In 2009 researchers from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio and other institutions crack the genetic code of Schistosoma mansoni, a flatworm that can live up to 10 years on average in humans. The parasite is endemic in many tropical areas of the world. #getuv #viqua

Schistosoma mansoni parasite. In 2009 researchers from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio and other institutions crack the genetic code of Schistosoma mansoni, a flatworm that can live up to 10 years on average in humans. The parasite is endemic in many tropical areas of the world. #getuv #viqua

Trematode parasites (red arrows) on the brain of a mummichog (a small fish).

Trematode parasites (red arrows) on the brain of a mummichog (a small fish).

Trematode are leaf-shaped flatworms also known as flukes. They are parasitic during nearly all of their life-cycle forms. The cycle begins when larvae are released into freshwater by infected snails.

Trematode are leaf-shaped flatworms also known as flukes. They are parasitic during nearly all of their life-cycle forms. The cycle begins when larvae are released into freshwater by infected snails.

Domain: Eukarya ....... Kingdom: Animalia ....... Phylum: Platyhelminthes ....... Class: Trematoda ....... Genus: SCHISTOSOMA HAEMATOBIUM ....... -cercaria; bulgy form is redia; does NOT cause swimmers itch; causes schistosomiasis; PARASITIC

Domain: Eukarya ....... Kingdom: Animalia ....... Phylum: Platyhelminthes ....... Class: Trematoda ....... Genus: SCHISTOSOMA HAEMATOBIUM ....... -cercaria; bulgy form is redia; does NOT cause swimmers itch; causes schistosomiasis; PARASITIC

Scanning electron micrograph of Bacillus anthracis, commonly known as anthrax. These rod-shaped, Gram-positive, spore-forming bacteria can infect the skin (cutaneous anthrax), causing raised itchy lesions, the lungs (pulmonary anthrax), which is fatal unless treated quickly, and the digestive system (gastrointestinal anthrax), causing vomiting of blood and severe diarrhoea. All forms can be fatal if left untreated.

Scanning electron micrograph of Bacillus anthracis, commonly known as anthrax. These rod-shaped, Gram-positive, spore-forming bacteria can infect the skin (cutaneous anthrax), causing raised itchy lesions, the lungs (pulmonary anthrax), which is fatal unless treated quickly, and the digestive system (gastrointestinal anthrax), causing vomiting of blood and severe diarrhoea. All forms can be fatal if left untreated.

The protozoan Plasmodium falciparum gliding through a cell in the gut of a mosquito, its primary host. Although five different species of Plasmodium can cause malaria, Plasmodium falciparum causes the most severe disease. | Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

The protozoan Plasmodium falciparum gliding through a cell in the gut of a mosquito, its primary host. Although five different species of Plasmodium can cause malaria, Plasmodium falciparum causes the most severe disease. | Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

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