Parasitic Diseases:Toxoplasmosis and Malaria

By Pilar Chavarria and Katie Gillespie



A common parasite: a Tapeworm
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What are Parasites?
Parasites are organisms that attack a host cell. Parasites feed off of these host cells and use them to survive. There are many different types of parasites that can be found in the human body. A common parasite is a tapeworm, which is found in the intestinal tracts (see picture above). The parasites that we will be focusing on are spore-forming and protozoan-causing diseases: Toxoplasmosis and Malaria. To learn about these in much more detail, click the links below!




Malaria

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Click here to learn more about Malaria!






Toxoplasmosis
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Taken from: http://www.stanford.edu/class/humbio103/ParaSites2006/Toxoplasmosis/index.html


Click here to learn more about Toxoplasmosis!