Coloured SEM of malaria-infected red blood cells

Coloured SEM of malaria-infected red blood cells

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Caption: Malaria. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of red blood cells infected with Plasmodium falciparum protozoa. Of the 4 Plasmodium species that cause malaria, P. falciparum is the one most likely to cause death if left untreated. The pro- tozoa appear here as yellowish areas just under the surface of the blood cells. After invading a red blood cell, the Plasmodia go through a number of stages, reproducing asexually until the blood cell ruptures and releases them. The disease is spread by bites from infected tropical mosquitoes (Anoph- eles sp.). Malaria kills red blood cells, leading to anaemia, blocked blood vessels, kidney failure, coma & death. Magnification: x3200 at 6x6cm size.

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Keywords: blood cell, condition, disease, disorder, erythrocyte, healthcare, in blood, malaria, malaria parasite, medical, medicine, plasmodium falciparum, plasmodium in rbcs, red blood cell

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