Sunday, 13 September 2015

Creature 348: Wuchereria bancrofti

Wuchereria bancrofti is a species roundworms which can parasitise humans.
Microfilariae of W. bancrofti in a thick blood smear stained with Giemsa. Image courtesy of the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory.

They are normally transmitted to humans by mosquito. They infect the human lymphatic system and can cause several complications including the condition known as elephantitis in which the limbs swell up and become severely disfigured.

At various stages in history the parasite could be found across most of the human inhabited world, however today it can only be found in third world countries.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Nematoda
Class: Secernentea
Order: Spirurida
Family: Onchocercidae
Genus: Wuchereria
Species: Wuchereria bancrofti 

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