A 15 years old boy presented with fever and chills for 3 days. On examination he was found to have delayed skin pinch time and dry oral mucosa. A peripheral blood smear revealed the following picture. Identify the pathogen involved?
B. Plasmodium vivax
C. Plasmodium falciparum
D. Salmonella typhi
Ans: C. Plasmodium falciparum
(Ref Paniker 7/e p69, 6/e p79; JuiveL: 27, C p 21)
- Given clinical presentation suggestive of malaria.
- Double rings in erythrocytes & banana-shaped gametocytes on peripheral blood smear – Typical P. falciparum infection.