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SPLATS about protozoal diseases
The principles of protozoal diseases
- The eukaryotic Protista make up one of the five main groups of living things. It is a mixed group, mainly unicellular, but some are colonial.
- Some diseases are caused by parasites, including malaria, cryptosporidiosis, and a variety of diseases caused by worms and flukes which live in our bodies.
- Many serious diseases are caused by protists (or protozoans), including amoebic dysentery, African sleeping sickness, malaria, leishmaniasis and Giardia.
- Protozoa are single-celled like bacteria, but they have membrane-bound organelles inside their cells, suggesting a very different line of evolution and descent.
- Some of the Protists can be cultured and seen under the low power microscope, a few are visible under a hand lens. They are complex single-celled organisms.
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