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Group 3: Biomedical importance of Protozoa. By: Ben, Sarah, Ryan, Lawrence, and Dory. Biomedical Importance of Protista: Water Treatment. The biodegradation potential of ciliated protozoa allow natural waste-water treatment to be possible.

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Group 3: Biomedical importance of Protozoa

By: Ben, Sarah, Ryan, Lawrence, and Dory

biomedical importance of protista water treatment
Biomedical Importance of Protista: Water Treatment
  • The biodegradation potential of ciliated protozoa allow natural waste-water treatment to be possible.
  • Protists feed off bacteria resulting in lower organic loads within waste water
  • Protozoa allow self-purification and matter cycling in natural ecosystems.
pathogenic protozoa
Pathogenic Protozoa
  • giardia (genus)
  • African Sleeping Sickness:trypanosoma brucei
  • Malaria:plasmodium (genus)
  • Five species can be infected and transmitted by humans.
giardia
giardia
  • Caused by 40 different species from the genus giardia
  • Most common waterborne illness in the country
  • Causes diarrhea and on occasion vomiting
  • Protist has two nuclei for 4 flagella
  • Cycles from ‘hibernating cyst’ to an active state of feeding and motility
  • The cyst protects it from extreme conditions while being transferred from host to host
  • The protist should only be active when inside host

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Giardia_lamblia_SEM_8698_lores.jpg

malaria
Malaria
  • Mosquito born infectious disease.
  • Two phases one that involves the liver and one that involves red blood cells.
  • In 2010 there were 219 million cases 2 million deaths estimated.
  • Antimalarial medications are available but no vaccine exists.
african sleeping sickness
African Sleeping Sickness

- Caused by protozoans from the genus trypanosom.

- The bloodborne sickness is transferred through the bite of a tsetse fly, from mother to fetus, and through infected needles.

- Infection is broken up into two stages

First Stage- Fever, headache, itching, and joint pain

Second Stage- Confusion, behavioral changes, poor coordination, disturbances in sleep cycle, death.

sources
Sources
  • "A List of Protist Diseases." LIVESTRONG.COM. N.p., 24 Mar. 2011. Web. 12 Sept. 2013.
  • http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs259/en/ (African Sleeping Sickness)
  • Shukla, Ishani Chatterjee. "Human Diseases Caused by Protists." Buzzle.com. Buzzle.com, 20 Sept. 2011. Web. 12 Sept. 2013.
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaria (Malaria)
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