Host identification by Schistosoma japonicum cercariae.

Abstract

Attachment, the first phase of host identification by Schistosoma japonicum cercariae, can occur in 2 different ways. Cercariae clinging to the water surface simply swing around and transfer to the host skin. Free-swimming cercariae behave like S. mansoni: upon touching a substrate, they switch from tailward to forward movement, swim in an arc, and attach… (More)

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