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What stage of infection did the primaquine treat?

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  • What stage of infection did the primaquine treat?
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Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by Plasmodium parasites. Infected female Anopheles mosquitoes (malaria vectors) are responsible for spreading the parasites to people through their bite. In humans, malaria is caused by five parasitic species in which P. falciparum and P. vivax majorly contributes to malaria. Malaria is an acute febrile disease usually appear 10 to 15 days after the bite of an infective mosquito. Initial symptoms of malaria include fever, chills, and headache. If not treated, it may lead to severe illness, often results in death.

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Once, the malarial parasites enter the body it lives and proliferates in the body tissues like blood cells and liver. Primaquine is an antimalarial drug used to treat and prevent malaria. Primaquine (in combination with chloroquine) is highly effective against the gametocytes (precursors of male and female gametes) of all Plasmodium species. Gametocytes are capable of infecting a mosquito when i...

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