Caption: Red blood cell (erythrocyte) infected with malaria parasite (Plasmodium falciparum). Malaria is caused by Plasmodium spp., parasitic single-celled protozoans called plasmodia. Malaria is spread to humans by species of tropical mosquitoes (Anopheles sp.). Infection spreads from the liver to the blood, where the plasmodium multiplies inside red blood cells. The plasmodial parasite reproduces asexually in the red blood cells significantly destroying many red blood cells. Release of mature Plasmodium results in further infection and produces bouts of shivering fever (paroxysms) and sweating that may be fatal.
Magnification*: x4,000
Type: SEM
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