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Malaria mosquito feeding. Close-up of an Anopheles sp. female mosquito biting into human skin, taking a blood meal. Anopheles sp. mosquitoes transmit malaria. The parasite responsible for malaria (Plasmodium sp. ) is carried in the saliva of the female mosquito. Female mosquitoes have a long proboscis adapted for piercing human skin to suck blood. Here, the abdomen of the mosquito appears red due to ingested blood. Anopheles mosquitoes have long legs and assume a characteristic posture during feeding. The hind legs are not anchored to the victim's skin and the head is held at an angle. Malaria is a major health problem and a killer disease in Africa, Asia and South America.
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