Common symptoms of malaria include:
Severe malaria caused by P. falciparum can progress extremely quickly and lead to:
Museum scientists are running a project in Uganda, aiming to:
Ring stage of Plasmodium falciparum in human red blood cells.
Plasmodium falciparum, ring-stage parasite and a white blood cell.
A blood smear containing a macro- and microgametocyte of the Plasmodium falciparum parasite.
Female Anopheles albimanus mosquito.
Jose Carlos de Sousa Figueiredo
Former Postgraduate Research Assistant
Department of Zoology
"Plasmodium falciparum causes the deadliest of all forms of malaria - cerebral malaria. Although it has been vastly studied, treatment is far from absolute, and a vaccine is nothing but a dream. This fairly simple life-form has a very complex natural history and this has fascinated scientists worldwide."