The Tapeworm Life Cycle

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The most significant single difference between the tapeworm and most other parasite life cycles is that the tapeworm life cycle involves an intermediate host--the forage (or oribatid) mite. This mite is highly prevalent in equine environments, being found in hay, straw, and grass in densities of up to 20,000/m2. It ingests tapeworm eggs that are passed in the horse’s feces and

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