Plasmodium are a genus of the apicomplexa parastites that contains hundreds of species, several of which are known to infect humans.  Infection by these parasites is referred to as malaria.  Plasmodium are transmitted through a vector to a vertebrate host.  These parasites invade red blood cells in mammals, the rapid destruction of which result in the chill-and-fever cycle that typically characterizes malaria.

General Life CycleEdit

Morphological CharacteristicsEdit


Plasmodium azurophilium

Plasmodium falciparum

Plasmodium giganteum

Plasmodium malariae

Plasmodium mexicanum

Plasmodium ovale

Plasmodium vivax