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In the muscles of humans, tissue-cysts were described with a size of about 120 × 70 μm (Fig. 1). The cyst merozoites (bradyzoites) have a length of up to 13 μm. The final host and the way of infection is unknown. Probably humans are only accidental hosts, since many species of monkeys show such cysts, which may induce myositis. This parasite apparently, has a worldwide distribution, since it was originally described by the German physician Lindemann, who, in the service of the Russian Czar, found these cysts in the tongue-muscles of hanged prisoners.
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