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The mosquito at a glance

25/4/06. By Giles Newton

Quick notes on Anopheles mosquitoes and malaria.

  • Malaria is most commonly transmitted through the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito.
  • Of the approximately 400 species of Anopheles throughout the world, only about 60 are vectors of malaria under natural conditions, some 30 of which are of major importance.
  • There are more than 2500 species of mosquito, although only a minority feed on human blood.
  • Only female mosquitoes drink blood, usually to fuel the production of eggs.
  • Female mosquitoes bite usually between sunset and sunrise.
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