Malaria parasite – Part 5 – Plasmodium ovale, MP
- Malarial parasite ( MP ) may be diagnosed from a blood smear of a patient with a fever.
- The best time to make a smear is during shivering.
- Make thick and thin blood smears.
- Serum needed for a Serological method and for PCR.
- For the diagnosis of the malarial parasite.
- 8% of cases in parts of Africa.
- Few cases in Asia.
- P. ovale represents only a small percentage of infections.
- P. ovale has the dormant stage in the liver which can become active without the mosquito bite.
- Ring form is like P. vivax.
- The difference is that there is a ring larger than the P. vivax.
- The ring is also thicker.
- Trophozoites maintain its ring form.
- The amoeboid tendency is common.
- Schizonts consist of dividing chromatin surrounded by the cytoplasm.
- There are Rossetts of merozoites, 8 on average.
- 3/4 of the cell is occupied by the parasite.
- Initial symptoms are flu-like.
- The typical paroxysm is every 48 hours.
- Relapse may take place and there is spontaneous recovery.
- The above feature is not seen in the P. vivax.
- History of the patient in suspected areas.
- Blood smear:
- Make a blood smear when the patient has a fever. Thin and Thick smears are made.
- A thick smear is more helpful to find M.Parasites.
- A thin smear is good to identify the type of malarial parasite.
- Collect blood 6 to 8 hourly till 48 hours to declare negative for malaria.
- Giemsa stain is the best choice.
- Serologic methods are based on immunochromatic techniques. Tests most often use a dipstick or cassette format and provide results in 2-15 minutes.
- Polymerase chain reaction (PCR): Parasite nucleic acids are detected using the PCR technique.
- This is more sensitive than smear microscopy.
- This is of limited value for the diagnosis of acutely ill patients because of the time needed for this procedure.
- Try to eliminate breeding places:
- Fill the vacant land and pump out the water.
- Remove the junk and water retaining debris.
- Destroy the larvae:
- Clean the drains.
- Try to remove algae from the ponds.
- Add larva-eating fish to the ponds.
- Use of the insecticide:
- The best example is DDT.
- Use of mosquito repellent:
- Pyrethroid repellent.
- N, N- diethyl meta tolbutamide.
- Use of mosquito nets.
- Use of clothes to prevent mosquito bites.
- Train people for malaria prevalence.
- Train the people for the detection of malaria, treatment, and follow-up.
- Antimalarial drugs used are quinidine, chloroquine, primaquine, pyrimethamine, sulfadoxine, mefloquine, tetracyclines, and proguanil.
- Chloroquine is the drug of choice and best for P. falciparum.
- This is effective for the erythrocytic stage and not for the liver stage.
- Must use primaquine to eradicate P. ovale and P. vivax.
- there are chloroquine resistant cases of P. falciparum.
- Amodiaquin, piperaquin and pyronaridine are close to chloroquin.
- Amodiaquine is less toxic, cheap, and in some areas effective against chloroquine-resistant P. falciparum.
- Mefloquine is effective against choloquin resistant P. falciparum.
- Quinine and quinidine are still the first line of therapy against P.falciparum.
- Primaquine is a synthetic drug and is the drug of choice for the eradication of the liver stage from P. vivax and P. ovale.
- Antibiotics and Inhibitors of folate synthesis are slow-acting antimalarial drugs.
- Halofantrine and Lumefantrine are related to quinine and effective against the erythrocytic stage.
- Malaria drug-resistant strains are emerging.