Like other Plasmdium species, P. bubalis infects the red blood cells of its mammalian host. In the red blood cells, the parasite has several stages. The trophozoite stages begin as amoeboid in shape and measuring 1.2 to 1.8 μm. Larger trophozoites appear spherical and can measure up to 5.0 μm. Gametocytes occupy the entire red blood cell, and measure 6 to 8 μm in diameter.
Role in disease
The parasite was first described by Sheather in 1919 in buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) in India. Since then there have been a small number of case reports also describing P. bubalis infections of buffalo.
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