Unformatted text preview: Toxoplasma gondii , which causes toxoplasmosis, a disease of the white blood cells. Toxoplasmosis is normally not a dangerous disease, but pregnant women can pass it to their offspring, where it can cause tissue damage. Also, persons with AIDS are susceptible to severe cases of toxoplasmosis. Two other important pathogens of the Sporozoa group are Cryptosporidium coccidi and Pneumocystis carinii . Both of these organisms cause severe disease in AIDS patients. The first causes a severe intestinal diarrhea that is accompanied by the loss of substantial volumes of water; the second causes a type of pneumonia. Both of these diseases typify the opportunistic diseases that occur when a person is infected with HIV....
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- Fall '07
- red blood cells, Sporozoa, Sporozoa group