Taxonomy: f. Plasmodidae
Animal: Plasmodium falciparum 1 22.jpg
Sites: Blood
Plasmodium falciparum thin film - note multiple rings. This is common with falciparum, rare with malariae and only occasionally seen with vivax or ovale. The red cells infected with P. falciparum are not enlarged or mis-shapened or become pale unlike red cells infected with P.vivax and do not have Schuffner's dots but occasionally may have Maurer's clefts (comma-like red dots). (see parasitology textbooks such as Garcia and Bruckner 1997 for details)

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