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Case #382 - October 2014

A 39-year-old immigrant from Panama sought medical evaluation for mild intermittent fevers.  A blood specimen was collected and thick and thin blood smears made and stained with Giemsa to confirm a presumed diagnosis of malaria.  No Plasmodium species parasite stages were observed on the blood smears, however Figures AD show what was observed in low numbers on a thick smear at 500x magnification with oil; inset images at 1000x magnification with oil. The size range of the objects was 180-190 micrometers in length. What is your diagnosis? Based on what criteria?

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