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Diseases Caused by Protozoa - Chapter Summary
When learning about microbiology, one specific subject of note is the relationship between different types of microorganism and diseases that affect humans. Included in this chapter are comprehensive lessons that will teach you about some of the most significant diseases caused by protozoa. Our lesson instructors will go over all relevant facts about the specific protozoa that cause these diseases, as well as notable symptoms and treatment options.
Upon completing each lesson, the chapter's practice quizzes and final exam will allow you to see how well you have understood the lessons' main points. If you are stuck on a particular topic, you can message the lesson instructor for help. Your personal Dashboard also allows you to track your progress as you complete each lesson. This chapter will allow you to:
- Recognize the causes and symptoms of toxoplasmosis
- Treat the symptoms of entamoeba histolytica and amoebic dysentery
- Understand the causes, symptoms and treatment of trichomoniasis
- Identify the diseases that protists can cause
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.
2. 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!
3. 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.
4. Diseases Caused by Protists
Protists cause some truly devastating human diseases, which is saying a lot for a microscopic, simple organism that often needs help from other organisms to reach its human targets. Here, you will learn about protists and the diseases they cause.
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Other chapters within the Biology 103: Microbiology course
- Microbiology Basics
- Biology of Bacteria
- The Disease Process
- Introduction to Viruses
- DNA Viruses
- RNA Viruses
- Fungal Infections
- Foodborne Diseases and Bacterial Infections of the Gastrointestinal Tract
- Sexually Transmitted Bacterial Diseases
- Blood-borne Bacterial Diseases
- Bacterial Diseases of the Respiratory Tract
- Bacterial Wound and Skin Infections
- Principles of Immunology
- Antimicrobial Drugs
- Studying for Biology 103