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Plasmodium falciparum

Similar term(s): P. falciparum.

Definition:

Plasmodium falciparum is one of the four distinct species of the malaria parasite that affect humans. The Plasmodium falciparum parasite gives rise to infections that may rapidly become life-threatening, causing the most severe form of malaria.

It is found in many tropical and subtropical regions of the world, especially in Africa.

Source: GreenFacts based on Wellcome Trust, Plasmodium falciparum 

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Malaria

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