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Chilomastix mesnili, a nonpathogenic flagellate.


Life cycle of Chilomastix mesnili

The cyst stage is resistant to environmental pressures and is responsible for transmission of Chilomastix. Both cysts and trophozoites can be found in the feces (diagnostic stages) . Infection occurs by the ingestion of cysts in contaminated water, food, or by the fecal-oral route (hands or fomites) . In the large (and possibly small) intestine, excystation releases trophozoites. Chilomastix resides in the cecum and/or colon; it is generally considered a commensal whose contribution to pathogenesis is uncertain. Animals may serve as a reservoir for Chilomastix.


For more information view the source: Center for Disease Control

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