Plasmodium/Human symbiosis. Life Cycle and Importance. What is Plasmodium?.
Life Cycle and Importance
Plasmodium is an apicomplexan (previously called sporozoans) that causes malaria in humans. An apicomplexan is a protist that disseminates small infectious cells called sporozoites., and has organelles that are specialized for penetrating host cells and tissues, which are called apical complexes.
According to the World Health Report and the CDC, Malaria kills 853,000 children under 5 per year.
Additional Information on Plasmodium and Apicomplexans
Page 527- Description of Apicomplexans
Page 528- Life Cycle of Plasmodium and Description