Plasmodium schwetzi

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Plasmodium schwetzi is a parasite of the genus Plasmodium subgenus Plasmodium.

Like all Plasmodium species P. schwetzi has both vertebrate and insect hosts. The vertebrate hosts for this parasite are mammals.

Plasmodium schwetzi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Protista
Phylum: Apicomplexa
Class: Aconoidasida
Order: Haemosporida
Family: Plasmodiidae
Genus: Plasmodium
Species: P. schwetzi
Binomial name
Plasmodium schwetzi
Reichenow, 1920


P. schwetzi was first described by Reichenow in 1920 in blood apes in Cameroon.[1]

The parasite resembles both Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium ovale.

Geographical occurrence[edit]

This species is found in Cameroon.

Clinical features and host pathology[edit]

This species may occasionally infect man.[2]



  1. ^ Coatney GR, Collins WE, Warren M, Contacos PG. The primate malarias. 1971. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C.
  2. ^ Rodhain J, Dellaert R. Contribution a l etude de Plasmodium schwetzi E. Brumpt (2eme note). Transmission de Plasmodium schwetzi a l'homme. Ann Soc Belg Med Trop. 35:757–775