Plasmodium falciparum is a protozoan parasite, one of the species of Plasmodium that cause malaria in humans. It is transmitted by the female Anopheles mosquito. Malaria caused by this species (also called malignant or falciparum malaria) is the most dangerous form of malaria, with the highest rates of complications and mortality. As of 2006, there were an estimated 247 million human malarial infections (98% in Africa, 75% being 5 years or younger). It is much more prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa than in other regions of the world; in most African countries, more than 75% of cases were due to P. falciparum, whereas in most other countries with malaria transmission, other, less virulent plasmodial species predominate. Almost all malarial deaths are caused by P. falciparum.
One study, published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, Environmental Science & Technology, found that feather meal routinely contained a banned class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. These antibiotics are illegal in poultry production because they can breed antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” that harm humans.
– Contributed by Oogle.