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Case #184 - July, 2006

A patient went to a local hospital with fevers and thrombocytopenia after recent travel to Haiti. A blood smear examination was requested by the attending physician. Figure A shows what was seen on a Wrights-Giemsa stained thin blood smear; the image was taken in a thicker area of the smear and low numbers of these objects were found in the smears. What is your diagnosis? Based on what criteria?

Figure A

Figure A

This case was kindly contributed by the Florida State Public Health Laboratory, Miami Regional laboratory.

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