Trematode Infections

Trematodes or flukes are flatworms of the class Trematoda of the phylum Platyhelminthes. They have complex life cycles that usually involve a snail as an intermediate host. The definitive host that harbors the adult worms, generally a mammal, acquires the parasite by ingesting an encysted form in a second intermediate host or on vegetation. Many species can infect human beings, but most of these are normally resident in other mammals, and humans are just accidental hosts.

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