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The genus of the parasite that causes malaria. The genus includes many species.

The four species that naturally infect humans are

  1. Plasmodium falciparum,
  2. Plasmodium vivax,
  3. Plasmodium ovale and
  4. Plasmodium malariae.

Plasmodium knowlesi is a zoonotic species that naturally infects macaques in Southeast Asia that can also infect humans.


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