blood fluke


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blood fluke

blood fluke

a parasitic flatworm of the class Trematoda, genus Schistosoma, including the species S. haematobium, S. japonicum, and S. mansoni. See also Schistosoma, schistosomiasis.

blood fluke

Schistosoma, a close relative of the liver FLUKE, causing BILHARZIA in man.

blood fluke

see schistosoma and other less common genera of the family Schistosomatidae.
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The CHGC also recognized that the research into the genome of the blood fluke would require them to run much more than BLAST-n.
They are relevant to medical researchers because they are the putative immediate ancestors to the blood flukes that cause schistosomiasis (Schistosomatidae), a disease that debilitates millions of people annually.
Schistosomes are blood flukes, or flatworms, that infect people through the skin during the parasite's waterborne larval stage.
Blood flukes, another type of metazoan, cause schistosomiasis, a major public-health problem affecting more than 200 million people in Africa, Asia, and South America.
Bilharziasis Parasites called blood flukes are responsible for this disease, which affects 200 million people a year in Egypt, Africa, the Far East, South America, Portugal and Cyprus.
To the Editor: Schistosomiasis, known since ancient times, is caused by blood flukes (Trematoda: Schistosomidae).