Protozoal and Parasitic Diseases

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Protozoal and Parasitic Diseases Toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis  is a protozoal disease caused by the sporozoan  Toxoplasma  gondii.   This protozoan is transmitted from domestic  house cats , usually by contact with their urine  or feces. In humans, the protozoa multiply in the bloodstream and undergo a complex reproductive  cycle. Patients experience fever, with other constitutional abnormalities, but symptoms are generally  mild. However, in a  pregnant woman , the protozoa may pass to the unborn fetus and cause tissue  destruction. Also, in AIDS patients, toxoplasmosis can result in seizures and then brain inflammation,  and it may be a cause of death.  Malaria. Malaria  is a blood disease due to many species of the genus  Plasmodium.   Plasmodia are  a group of protozoa of the Sporozoa (Apicomplexa) group. The parasites are transmitted by  mosquitoes  belonging to the genus 
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course BIO 1421 taught by Professor Farr during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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