Dicrocoelium dendriticum

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Dicrocoelium dendriticum

(di?kro-sel'e-um den?drit'i-kum)
A species of liver flatworm that uses grazing animals (cattle, sheep) as its definitive host. Its intermediate hosts are snails and ants. It is an occasional cause of liver fluke infestation in humans. See: liver fluke
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Dicrocoeliasis, a helminth disease caused by Dicrocoelium dendriticum and Dicrocoelium hospes infect bile duct of humans.
Terrestrial snails though not as remarkable as their aquatic counterparts, transmit human diseases such as angiostrongytiasis and dicrocoeliasis. Human infections with these parasites which may be by ingestion of ova occur through improper handling of the snails when being processed for consumption.
Human dicrocoeliasis. Report on 208 cases from Saudi Arabia.