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Echinococcus granulosus: Morphology, Life Cycle and Pathogenesis

Echinococcus granulosus is a parasitic worm which belongs to the family Taeniidae under order Cyclophyllidea of class Cestoda. It is also known as Dog tapeworm, Hydatid worm or Hyper-tape worm. It is found all over the world. The larval form causes hydatid disease in man. This disease is also known as human echinococcosis or hydatidosis. […]

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Taenia solium: Morphology, Life Cycle and Pathogenesis

Taenia solium is a parasitic organism which belongs to the family Taeniidae under order Cyclophyllidea of class Cestoda. It is also known as the pork tapeworm. It is occurred amongst the pork eaters all over the world. It is the armed tapeworm of human. Adult worm lives in the small intestine (upper jejunum) of human.Systematic […]

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Taenia saginata : Morphology, Life Cycle and Pathogenesis

Taenia saginata is also known as the beef tapeworm. It is found amongst beef eaters all over the world. The adult worm lives in the small intestine (upper jejunum) of human. This is the unarmed tapeworm of man causing taeniasis and it can cause cysticercosis in cattle.The cattle acts as intermediate host and in this […]

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Cestodes: Classification and General Characteristics

Cestodes or tapeworms are the members of the class Cestoda of the phylum Platyhelminthes. About 6000 species of cestodes are identified as parasites and they are mainly intestinal. They are both marine and terrestrial; vertebrates are the definitive hosts and their intermediate hosts are crustaceans, insects, annelids, mollusks, etc.The species T. saginata (beef tapeworm) can […]

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