Case of the Week 595
This week's case was generously donated by Dr. Marc Couturier and Blaine Mathison. The patient is a young adult male from the South Central United States. No travel history is available. A review of his peripheral blood film reviewed the following images. What's the identification? What are the structures seen in the last two images?
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Plasmodium vivax with exflagellated microgametocytes. Free microgametes are seen.