Case #217 – December, 2007

A 29-year-old man, with a history of travel to Rwanda, was seen at a local health clinic for fever, headache, mild nausea, and chills. A blood smear was prepared, stained with Giemsa, and examined at 1000× magnification. Figures A and B show what was seen on the thin blood smear. What is your diagnosis? Based on what criteria?

Figure A

Figure B

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