The stained blood specimen provided was taken from a female
tourist recently returned from Thailand. She reported having
spent considerable amounts of time travelling in the rural
areas in the north of that country. On return to Australia,
she fell ill, suffering from myalgia (muscle pain), lethargy
and periodic fevers. The blood sample was taken on her
admission to hospital.
1) What sort of blood smear is the specimen ?
2) What stage of the parasite is shown on the field ?
3) Identify the parasite indicated on the field (Genus and species.)