Infectious Disease: Evolving Challenges to Human Health
VECTOR CONTROL & MALARIA

The Ongoing Chain of Malaria Infection

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Malaria parasites survive by successfully infecting two different species – humans and Anopheles mosquitoes – at different stages of the parasite life cycle. The disease persists through an unbroken chain of infection between human and mosquito hosts. Malaria controls must focus on both the parasite and Anopheles in order to break this chain.

Anopheline mosquito species are especially effective transmitters thanks to their strong preference for humans.

Photo of Anopheles mosquito

Anopheles mosquito

Malaria persists through an unbroken chain of infection between human and mosquito hosts. (Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control)

 


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