1. P. falciparum enters the host in the form of a
sporozoite through a bite from a
female anopholes mosquito and enters the bloodstream.
2. The species enters the liver cells. There many
reproduce asexually by dividing into schizonts that consist of many
merozoites. Those who do not divide remain dormant in the liver
where they can later become activated up to years later. This stage
contains NO SYMPTOMS.
3. The merozoites contained in schizonts then flood to the red blood cells.
4, 5, and 6. Within 48 hours, enough merozoites have been
formed to break out of the cell and start the process again.
7. Microgametocytes and macrogametocytes are formed to
carry on the sexual life cycle.