An ambulance brings an unconscious woman into your ER, but no one is able to tell you what happened to her. A quick exam shows heart rate 110 bpm, respiratory rate 24, blood pressure 100/60, and temperature 102 F. She appears to be in her thirties and looks very sick. There is a well-healed abdominal scar on the left upper quadrant.
Here's what a blood smear might show (arrow indicates abnormal finding):
Challenge: You suspect an infection. What type of organisms are most likely?
1. What does the blood smear show?
2. What is the relevance of the scar?
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