Killer Protists

4 Types of Protists that Cause Disease

Disease: Malaria

Protist: plasmodium

Plasmodium falciparum


Symptoms: headache, fever, shivering, joint pain, vomiting, convulsions, paroxysm, jaundice, and retinal damage.

Transmission: mosquitoes


Fun fact: Malaria is common in tropical and subtropical regions because rainfall, warm temperatures, and stagnant waters provide an environment ideal for mosquito larvae.

Disease: African Sleeping Disease

Protist: Trypanosoma

Trypanosoma brucei


Symptoms: fever, headache, joint pains, itching, fever, swelling of lymph nodes, and invasion of circulatory and lymphatic systems.

Transmission: tsetse fly


Fun fact: The African Sleeping Disease was named due to the fact of the disruption of the regular sleep cycle of its victims.

Disease: Chagas Disease

Protist: Trypanosoma

Trypanosoma cruzi


Symptoms: swelling at infection site, fever, fatigue, rash, body aches, and enlargement of liver

Transmission: Blood Sucking Assassin Bugs


Fun Fact: This disease can be both chronic or minor.


Disease: Amoebic Dysentery

Protist: Entamoeba

Entamoeba histolytica


Symptoms: dehydration, foul stool, severe cramps, fever, weight loss, and fatigue

Transmission: ingestion of contaminated food or water


Fun Fact: Amoebas are tiny parasites.

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