Plasmodium falciparum...
the parasite that never gives up


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A Day in the Life of a Parasite ~ Habitat     

Image found at: falciparum is most often found in areas that are comperable to the lifestyle of the vector that transmits it. Since P. falciparum is carried by infected female Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes to the vertebrate human host, tropical and subtropical areas are the most greatly affected (CDC). Specific countries that are highly affected are "tropical regions of China, India, Southeast Asia, and South and Central America" (MVI). Sub-Saharan Africa also contains a high occurrence rate (MVI). The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that due to global warming  and climate changes the niches may spread out to farther countries. An increase in travel and lack of knowledge of transport precautions also increases the risk for other countries.


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Since P. falciparum is a parasite its main habitat is in another living organism. It accomplishes this by switching between the human host and mosquito host during life cycle.

While in the host it can cause many different ailments, even death. For more information on its life in the human view Nutrition.