ID#: 22017
This photograph, captured in 1964, on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, depicted a number of Australorbis spp. snails, also known as Biomphalaria, which were inhabitants of a stream, suspected of harboring i>Schistosoma spp. parasites. Members of this snail genus are known to host these human pathogens. It has been found, that these snails are actually integral hosts to the schistosome life cycle, releasing mature cercariae into the stream, which can then infect humans, who enter this water environment, by penetrating the skin surface.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ Mr. Kimberly
Creation Date: 1964
Photo Credit:
CDC Organization
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Copyright Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions.