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Ecology and Evolution of Plasmodium falciparum[edit]

In the Evolution section, ecological explanations can be added to help explain how Plasmodium falciparum has led to widespread malaria in Africa. For example, this article can mention how the agricultural revolution increased the breeding sites for mosquitoes and may have triggered the evolution and expansion of Plasmodium falciparum throughout Africa and other parts of the world.--Murtha.22

Article Needs Concentrating[edit]

There's too much general info here. Malaria has its own article for a general overview on plasmodium and its diseases. This article would be improved by concentrating on Plasmodium falciparum's peculiar qualities. There is some good general information on malaria here that doesn't appear in the Malaria article, so both articles could use a re-edit. Janeky (talk) 05:03, 20 December 2008 (UTC)

A little late to the party but...yes, there definitely needs to be more specific information, like the likelihood of recurrence, long term prognosis and symptoms unique to P. falciparum like "Black Water Fever." The only way you'll find any information on Black Water Fever is by searching for it specifically. None of the references on P. falciparum mention Black Water Fever, but it is an almost certain indicator of a P. falciparum infection. DrHenley (talk) 22:46, 5 August 2012 (UTC)

Another Broken link[edit]

Under:

Overview

  • Overview

Bad link is:

http://www.ratsteachmicro.com/Malaria_notes/HCOE_CAI_Review_Notes_Malaria.htm —Preceding unsigned comment added by Gmadey (talkcontribs) 17:52, 2 March 2009 (UTC)

Under: Cases Links 3 and 4 are dead. There's nothing on the Wayback Machine - apparently the site owner prevented the robots from grabbing it up. Maybe someone else has the right address, or a different mirror. Ezratrumpet (talk) 18:22, 20 January 2017 (UTC)

Discarded taxon corrected[edit]

The Kingdom Protista was never a real taxon in evolutionary nature. It was a "taxonomic wastebin" for organisms in the Domain Eukarya that, until recently, could not be definitively classified at Kingdom level. Genetic analysis has corrected this problem, and the Kingdom Protista has been discarded. Several true Kingdoms (monophyletic or even paraphyletic, but at least not polyphyletic) have been recognized for such organisms, including the Kingdom Chromoveolata, to which this species belongs. -The Mysterious El Willstro 209.183.183.4 (talk) 16:24, 27 January 2010 (UTC)

Infection Figures[edit]

The infection figures for falciparum malaria seem inaccurate. According to the stated numbers, falciparum is responsible for 91% of infections and 90% of deaths. This would seem to indicate that it is less fatal than other strains accounting for the reduced mortality rate (90%) when compared with the population rate (91%). In fact, falciparum, as stated in the article, is far more deadly that vivax. I suggest that the figure of 91% is off. 173.3.112.55 (talk) 01:24, 7 May 2010 (UTC)

Confirmed. Note the CDC ([[1]]), which states Vivax is the predominant form, both in Asia and overall. I suggest this be changed immediately-173.3.112.55 (talk) 19:16, 7 May 2010 (UTC)
Clearly there are contradictions in the infection figures in the introductory paragraph. First it says that P. falciparum is 91% of all infections, 98% in Africa. Then it says it is most prevalent in Africa where is accounts for a lower 75% of all infections. Then it says that other Plasmodial species predominate elsewhere - clearly at odds with the orignal 91% figure. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 148.177.1.211 (talk) 13:30, 21 May 2010 (UTC)

204.38.52.66 (talk) 18:26, 19 November 2013 (UTC) NYT Nov 19 Tuesday Science section says 95% Africans immune to vivax malaria. Falciparum is rampant in Asia but as to falciparum infections in Africa, the article is not clear. Does the presence of Vivax mean that the Falciparum is not as prevalent? The temperature map (missing here) would indicate Falciparum runs across Africa E/W from west coast and drops into Kenya and down to the south coast. These areas are the colonized European areas. What % of Africans are carriers of Falciparum resistance via sickle cell? Is it increasing? 204.38.52.66 (talk) 18:51, 19 November 2013 (UTC) http://www.med.uio.no/imb/english/research/news-and-events/news/2013/water-channels-protect-against-cerebral-malaria-.html 204.38.52.66 (talk) 19:05, 19 November 2013 (UTC) article about vivax but also includes numerical data re falciparum http://www.sciencemagazinedigital.org/sciencemagazine/8_november_2013?pg=25#pg25

another broken link[edit]

In the references Overview section, the "Life Cycle Cartoon" link (http://www.roche.nl/ziektebeeld/malaria/malaria2.gif) is broken. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 115.240.64.172 (talk) 20:47, 5 October 2010 (UTC)

Immunization or selection[edit]

The epidemiological aspect does not answer my question as to what happens to those plus 5 in age. Are they immune, selected survivors (ie resistant genetically), or what explains the low frequency (15%) of adult infection (or was that mortality per cent??)Idealist707 (talk) 17:16, 21 December 2011 (UTC)

Merger proposal[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section. A summary of the conclusions reached follows.
The result of this discussion was to merge. Chhandama (talk) 07:04, 4 June 2017 (UTC)

  • Endorsed - yes, this seems like a classic duplicate article. One article on all aspects, not one summarising 'recent findings'. Blythwood (talk) 22:23, 16 March 2016 (UTC)
  • Support - I'd suggest merging under the name of the Plasmodium falciparum article. A lot of information is duplicate and can be collapsed down. Also the Plasmodium falciparum biology article is overly verbose at points, and has several short and empty sections that can be combined into single paragraphs (e.g. #Cell Biology). T.Shafee(Evo&Evo)talk 01:07, 7 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Support - many of the Plasmodium articles are like this for some reason (highly verbose and repetitive). I spent some time trimming the Plasmodium article a while back. If there's no objection to the merge, I'll get around to starting it some time in the coming weeks. Ajpolino (talk) 23:24, 16 November 2016 (UTC)
  • Merge - This page is best to merge into Plasmodium falciparum because it is merely a repetition of the information. The writeup itself is of a textbook style, not at all encyclopaedic. The main content "Life cycle" can be trimmed down to half of its current size. Other miscellaneous info need copy editing and thorough revision. Hence, the entire content can nicely fit into the parent page. Chhandama (talk) 07:00, 4 June 2017 (UTC)

The above discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.