Taxonomy: f. Plasmodidae
Animal: Plasmodium vivax (research) 1 09.jpg
Plasmodium vivax infected thick film - Giemsa stain 1 in 25 for 25 minutes. Malarial parasites clearly seen against a pale clean background The nuclei of leucocytes should be deep purple and blue cytoplasm and red chromatin enables correct identification of the malaria parasites but thin film examination must be performed to diagnose the infection to species level. Accurate species identification is essential for correct treatment to be administered. (See parasitology textbooks such as Garcia and Bruckner 1997 for details) Compare with other Plasmodium vivax (research) slides which have been prepared using different staining methods to determine the best method to diagnose the parasite infection.
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