FASCIOLA GIGANTICA

 

Morphology:

F. gigantica is much larger than F. hepatica about 2.5-7.5cm long and 1.2 cm wide.

 

Definitive host: cattle, camels (Africa), water buffalo (Africa and the Orient)

 

Epidemiology:

Most of the infections are localized in tropical areas of Africa and the Orient.

 

Life cycle:

Similar to F. hepatica

 

Clinical Presentation and Pathogenesis:

Severe liver damage is caused due to large size of the parasite.