Fighting the Parasite from Hell

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Fighting the Parasite from Hell 30/03/2008 21:54:00 -parasite:  Plasmodium falcipartum - enters through female  Anopheles  mosquito,  goes to liver 7-10 days later: 10,000 to 30,000 descendants restorm bloodstream; each  RBC provides fuel for birth of 10-20 bacteria -for people who lack access to antimalarial drugs-main line of defense is  immunologic (fevers, chills); in Africa, Haiti; older children, adults keep infection in check  w/ ‘booster shot’ from malarial mosquito -repeated bouts take toll in anemia, debilitation -huge economic losses in Africa- 4% of GDP ($12 billion/ yr) -worst-case scenario: malaria-clogged blood vessels in brain, other organs bring  resistance -chloroquin-50 yrs fighting malaria concentrates in food vacuole of malaria parasite o food vacuole: parasite digests hemoglobin, releasing heme; heme 
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