Protist Diseases Flashcards

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What are protists and their common characteristics?

Protists are eukaryotic microorganisms with a nucleus and membrane-bound organelles, some are parasitic, and they prefer moist environments.

What causes malaria and how does it affect the body?

Malaria is caused by single-celled protists of the plasmodium family, which enter and damage red blood cells.

How is malaria spread?

Malaria is spread by mosquitoes, which act as vectors, passing the malaria parasite from one person to another through their bites.

What are the symptoms of malaria?

Symptoms include repeated bouts of fever, shivering or shaking chills, and in severe cases, it can be fatal.

How can mosquito populations be controlled to prevent malaria?

Mosquito populations can be controlled by draining areas of standing water and spraying standing water with insecticides.

How can the impact of mosquito bites be reduced to prevent malaria?

Using insecticide-coated insect nets while sleeping and taking antimalarial drugs when visiting infected areas can reduce mosquito bites and their impact.

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