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Mosquito head. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head and mouthparts of a female mosquito Anopheles sp. This mosquito is a carrier of Plasmodium sp., the malarial parasite. The compound eyes (orange) are at the far right. The mosquito has hairy mouthparts (pink) including a tube-like proboscis (blue) with which it sucks blood. Only female mosquitoes feed on human blood and hence carry malaria. While the mosquito feeds, the malaria parasite infects the bloodstream. Symptoms of malaria include shaking, chills and fever. The disease can cause potentially lethal complications of the kidneys, liver, brain and blood. Magnification unknown.
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