4 Protists that Cause Diseases

Laila Kamel

Common Name- Malaria

Scientific Name- Plasmodium

Transmitted- Through mosquitoes

Symptoms- fever, headache, vomiting, and other flu-like symptoms

This protist will clog capillaries and destroy blood cells which will lead to death, if not treated correctly

Common Name- African Sleeping Sickness

Scientific Name- Trypanosomiasis

Transmitted- Through the tse tse fly

Symptoms- fever, headache, pain in joints, parasite infects the central nervous system, confusion, lack of coordination, uncontrollable sleepiness

Common Name- Giardiasis

Scientific name- Giardiasis

Transmitted- contaminated water

Symptoms- Severe diarrhea and vomiting, protist will occupy digestive tract

Common Name- Amoebic Dysentery

Scientific- Entamoeba Histolytica

Transmitted- contaminated food or water, hands not washed properly

Symptoms- forms cysts in the intestines, causes discomfort

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