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Plasmodium Vivax Malaria

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    13th Aug, 2020
  • Plasmodium vivax is a protozoal parasite and a human pathogen.
  • This parasite is the most frequent and widely distributed cause of recurring malaria.
  • Recently, an international team has developed a system to breed the parasite Plasmodium vivax in the lab and then infect cultured human liver cells with it.
  • The parasite can remain in the liver in a dormant stage and relapse later.
  • It can be difficult to detect P. vivax, since it usually circulates at low levels in the blood.
  • 4 countries account for more than 80% of estimated cases of P. vivax cases (Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, and Pakistan).
  • Certain malaria-endemic countries have even abandoned chloroquine for P. vivax treatment but fortunately chloroquine is still effective in India.

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