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Case #431 - November, 2016

A 62-year-old man from Kenya had been living in rural Connecticut with relatives for 6 months when he developed fever, chills, and fatigue. The family took him to their health care provider for medical attention. Blood work-up revealed anemia and blood smears were prepared, stained, and examined.  Figures AI show what was found on thin smears.  What is your diagnosis?  Based on what criteria?

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Images presented in the monthly case studies are from specimens submitted for diagnosis or archiving. On rare occasions, clinical histories given may be partly fictitious.

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