Protozoa

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Protozoa is a taxonomical kingdom of single celled eukaryotic organisms. They are capable of changing their shape so that they can engulf and digest cells and materials by a process known as [[Phagocytosis|phagocytosis]]&nbsp;. Most of the protozoa are said to be free-living organisms and are part of normal flora, living in seas, oceans and soil. Some protozoa develop a parasitic relationship with infected organsims and normally reside within the gastro-intestinal tract. The most common function of protozoa is to break down orgaic molecules into smaller components. As a result of such ability some protozoa can cause several diseases in humans. The common deisease is malaria, caused by ''[[Plasmodium vivax|Plasmodium vivax]]''<ref>WHO, Malaria Fact sheet N°94, March 2014.</ref>. [[Malaria|Malaria]] is a serious life- threatening disease that is caused by infection being transmitted through the bites of infectious female [[Mosquitoes|mosquitoes]].  
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Protozoa is a taxonomical kingdom of single-celled [[eukaryotic|eukaryotic]] [[organisms|organisms]]. They are capable of changing their shape so that they can engulf and digest cells and materials by a process known as [[Phagocytosis|phagocytosis]]&nbsp;. Most of the protozoa are said to be free-living organisms and are part of normal flora, living in seas, oceans and soil. Some protozoa develop a parasitic relationship with infected organisms and normally reside within the [[gastrointestinal tract|gastrointestinal tract]]. The most common function of protozoa is to break down [[organic molecules|organic molecules]] into smaller components. As a result of such ability, some protozoa can cause several diseases in humans. The common disease is [[malaria|malaria]], caused by ''[[Plasmodium vivax|Plasmodium vivax]]''<ref>WHO, Malaria Fact sheet N°94, March 2014.</ref>. [[Malaria|Malaria]] is a serious life-threatening disease that is caused by infection being transmitted through the bites of infectious female [[Mosquitoes|mosquitoes]].  
  
 
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Latest revision as of 08:57, 21 October 2018

Protozoa is a taxonomical kingdom of single-celled eukaryotic organisms. They are capable of changing their shape so that they can engulf and digest cells and materials by a process known as phagocytosis . Most of the protozoa are said to be free-living organisms and are part of normal flora, living in seas, oceans and soil. Some protozoa develop a parasitic relationship with infected organisms and normally reside within the gastrointestinal tract. The most common function of protozoa is to break down organic molecules into smaller components. As a result of such ability, some protozoa can cause several diseases in humans. The common disease is malaria, caused by Plasmodium vivax[1]. Malaria is a serious life-threatening disease that is caused by infection being transmitted through the bites of infectious female mosquitoes.

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  1. WHO, Malaria Fact sheet N°94, March 2014.
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