Caption: Trypanosome trypomastigote (Trypanosoma spp.). A parasitic hemoflagellated protozoan that causes trypanosomiasis (African sleeping sickness, Chagas disease). This trypanosome is a vector borne parasite transmitted by tsetse flies (Glossina spp.). The ribbon like flagellated trypomastigote is carried in the insects saliva (and feces) and enters the human host through a wound made by the fly. This protozoan infects the blood, lymph and spinal fluid and rapidly divides. Upon entering the cerebral spinal fluid the parasite can damage brain tissue causing eventually causing death.
Magnification*: x1,200
Type: SEM
Copyright 2001 Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
Keywords: 20636A,protozoa,protozoan,trypanosoma,trypanosome,trypanosomiasis,trypomastigote,African sleeping sickness,Chagas disease,human disease,tsetse fly,blood parasite,insect vector borne,flagellate,flagella,flagellum,pathogen carrier,SEM,Trypanosoma brucei,Trypanosoma gambiense,human parasite,sleeping sickness