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Fasciola hepatica
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Fasciola hepatica – adult worm
Scientific classification
Binomial name
Fasciola hepatica
Linnaeus, 1758

Fasciola hepatica (also known as the common liver fluke) is a parasitic trematode (fluke or flatworm) in the phylum Platyhelminthes.

It infects the livers of various mammals, including humans. The disease caused by the fluke is called fascioliasis. It has been classified as a neglected tropical disease.

F. hepatica is distributed worldwide, and has been known as an important parasite of sheep and cattle for hundreds of years. It causes great economic losses in sheep and cattle. Because of its size and economic importance, it has been the subject of many scientific investigations and may be the best-known of any trematode species.

Life cycle

Fasciola hepatica Life Cycle
Life cycle of Fasciola hepatica inside and outside of a human or animal body

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