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What organisms in kingdom protista are pathogenic?
September 02, 2014 11:07AM
I'm looking in my textbook and it says that these are harmful
pathogenic organisms in Kingdom Protista: Sarcodina:
Entamoeba Histolytica Coli, which is often spread through
contaminated water. That's why when you go to foreign countries
they say, "Don't drink the water!" Entamoeba Histolytica
causes severe dysentery, nausea, exhaustion, diahrrea, and
sometimes even death! So be careful! Mastigophorites are
also pathogenic. A small fly known as the tsetse fly carries
mastigophorites that belong to the genus trypanosoma, which
causes African Sleeping Sickness, a disease which often leads to
death. Balantidium Coli is a species of ciliophora
that is a parasitic pathogen of animals such as rats, pigs, and
guinea pigs. The animal eats or drinks a substance contaminated
with this and it is transfered to the animal or even the person.
The coli feeds off of the animal/human's fecal matter (poop) ,
resulting in severe dysentery. It is not common in the US, but is
very common in tropical regions of the world where
malnutritioned people and pigs live in close proximity of one
another. Hope this helps you ! Love always, your friend, April
Plasmodium, toxoplasma and E. histolytica.