Mosquito on human skin sucking blood

Mosquito on human skin sucking blood

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Credit: RICHARD T. NOWITZ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mosquito feeding on human skin. It's proboscis has punctured the skin and is sucking blood. Mosquitoes transmit diseases such as malaria, viral encephalitis, yellow fever, filariasis and dengue. Malaria is a major health problem in Africa, Asia, India & South America. It causes a severe fever & can lead to complications affecting the liver, brain & blood that can be fatal. Preventa- tive measures against mosquitoes are increasingly important, as the malaria parasites are developing resistance to anti-malarial drugs. These measures include using mosquito nets, protective clothing, insecticides & releasing sterile male mosquitoes.

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Keywords: animal, feeding, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, malaria causing, mosquito, mosquito feeding on, nature, skin, wildlife, worst invasive alien species, zoology

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