B. malay

Some types of worm infections can be spread by biting flies and mosquitoes. The example above is a larval form of B. malay. Adult worms live in a patient's body and produce microfilaria, which are larval forms that circulate in the blood or are present in the skin. the presence of adult worms can be detected by looking for microfilaria in blood or skin samples. Microfilaria are typically about 200 um long.

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