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Ch 7: Protozoan Diseases

About This Chapter

Watch online video lessons and learn about the different aspects of diseases caused by protozoan. Take the quizzes that follow each lesson to test your knowledge of these microbiology topics.

Protozoan Diseases - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Protozoa are unicellular eukaryotic organisms. Sometimes they can cause diseases. These protozoan diseases are the focus of this chapter. Lessons will cover different diseases, such as giardia and malaria. You'll also learn about what causes these diseases, including the protozoa they are linked to. Additionally, lessons will cover how such diseases are transmitted and the symptoms a person may experience if they are infected by the disease. In some lessons, the treatment process is also discussed. Some of the specific diseases covered in this chapter include:

  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Amoebic dysentery
  • Sleeping sickness
  • Cryptosporidiosis
  • Trichomoniasis

VideoObjective
Toxoplasmosis: Definition, Causes & Symptoms Discover what toxoplasmosis is, what causes it and its symptoms.
What is Giardia? - Causes, Transmission & Symptoms Explore giardia, its causes, transmission and symptoms.
What is Malaria? - Causes, Transmission & Symptoms Examine what causes malaria, its symptoms and how it is transmitted.
Malaria: Prevention and Treatment Study the treatment and preventions methods for malaria.
Entamoeba Histolytica & Amoebic Dysentery: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment Take a look at Entamoeba histolytica, which causes amoebic dysentery.
What is Sleeping Sickness? - Causes, Transmission & Symptoms Find out how Trypanosoma brucei and the tsetse fly cause sleeping sickness.
Cryptosporidiosis: Causes & Symptoms Analyze how cryptosporidiosis is caused by Cryptosporidium.
Trichomoniasis: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment Learn how Trichomonas vaginalis causes this disease and how the disease is treated.

8 Lessons in Chapter 7: Protozoan Diseases
Toxoplasmosis: Definition, Causes & Symptoms

1. Toxoplasmosis: Definition, Causes & Symptoms

Would you believe that 30-60% of people on the planet have been infected by a parasite and most never even know it? In this lesson, we will examine the disease toxoplasmosis and its causative agent, Toxoplasma gondii.

What is Giardia? - Causes, Transmission & Symptoms

2. What is Giardia? - Causes, Transmission & Symptoms

The anaerobic parasite Giardia lamblia is one of the most common intestinal protozoans in the United States. In this lesson, we examine the major characteristics of Giardia and discuss treatment and prevention options.

What is Malaria? - Causes, Transmission & Symptoms

3. What is Malaria? - Causes, Transmission & Symptoms

Malaria is a devastating disease that impacts millions of people worldwide every year. In this lesson, we will explore the organism that causes malaria and the disease itself.

Malaria: Prevention and Treatment

4. Malaria: Prevention and Treatment

In this lesson examining malaria, we will look at the impact of the disease in the U.S. and the major methods of preventing the disease. We will also discuss how to correctly treat patients stricken by malaria.

Entamoeba Histolytica & Amoebic Dysentery: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

5. Entamoeba Histolytica & Amoebic Dysentery: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Every science class starting in middle school, examines the Amoeba. In this lesson, we will dig into the world of one potentially deadly amoeba, Entamoeba histolytica, and the diseases it can cause. You probably didn't learn about this in Intro Bio!

What is Sleeping Sickness? - Causes, Transmission & Symptoms

6. What is Sleeping Sickness? - Causes, Transmission & Symptoms

African sleeping sickness is a devastating disease in equatorial Africa, which is spread through the bite of the tsetse fly. In this lesson, we will look at the causative agent, Trypanosoma, and the major characteristics of the disease.

Cryptosporidiosis: Causes & Symptoms

7. Cryptosporidiosis: Causes & Symptoms

Cryptosporidium is a protozoan parasite that can cause serious gastrointestinal distress. In this lesson, we will investigate the general characteristics of Crypto and what symptoms to expect if you are ever infected.

Trichomoniasis: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

8. Trichomoniasis: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Protozoa don't often cause sexually transmitted diseases. One exception is Trichomonas vaginalis. In this lesson we will investigate the major characteristics of this unique parasite.

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