Identify the organism related to blood smear image –
Answer: A.–> P. falciparum
- Malaria parasites can be seen in the blood smear of patients affected by the disease at specific stages in the disease.
- Plasmodium falciparum—ring-shaped trophozoite. The red blood cell contains four ring-shaped trophozoites.
- Note the very high percentage of red cells containing ring forms.
- This high-level parasitemia is more often seen in Plasmodium falciparum infection than in infection by the other plasmodia.
- The thick smears allow detection whereas the thin smears allow identification of the species. This thin smear shows multiple malaria trophozoites inside red blood cells (Early ring form). However, trophozoites can also be seen outside red blood cells.