What is Malaria? - Causes, Transmission & Symptoms


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Which species of Plasmodium is responsible for the vast majority of all fatal cases?

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1. Which life cycle stage is found inside the salivary glands of mosquitoes?

2. The life cycle of Plasmodium requires

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your knowledge on the plasmodium parasite that transmits malaria and the symptoms of this disease with this interactive quiz and worksheet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment you'll be asked to:

  • Name the species of Plasmodium that causes most fatal cases of malaria
  • State what a bite from an infected mosquito may inject into the bloodstream
  • Detail the life cycle of Plasmodium
  • List the symptoms that indicate a malaria infection
  • Identify the event that is the onset for malaria symptoms in humans

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allows students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on malaria, its transmission, and symptoms
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the life cycle of Plasmodium
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about malaria symptoms

Additional Learning

To learn more about malaria transmission and symptoms, review the accompanying lesson titled, What is Malaria? - Causes, Transmission & Symptoms. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the five species of Plasmodium capable of causing the disease in humans including the most widespread and the deadliest
  • Read statistics on malaria infections and deaths
  • Identify the genus of mosquitoes that carry malaria
  • Detail the process of infection after a mosquito with Plasmodium bites a human
  • Describe symptoms of a malaria infection
  • Define Sporozoites, Merozoites, and Gametocytes