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Description:This micrograph reveals the head of the hookworm Necator americanus, and its mouth’s cutting plates; Mag. 400X.
The hookworm uses these sharp cutting teeth to grasp firmly to the intestinal wall, and while remaining fastened in place, ingests the host’s blood, obtaining its nutrients in this fashion.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Dr. Mae Melvin
Creation Date:1982
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Links:CDC – National Center for Infectious Diseases; Div. of Parasitic Diseases: Hookworm Infection
CDC - National Center for Infectious Diseases; Division of Parasitic Diseases: Hookworm
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