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Mosquito Adult 1

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Mosquito Adult 1

The mosquito described here belongs to the genus Culex. Apart from its irritating bites, it is harmless. In tropical countries, mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles transmit malaria. Malaria is caused by the malarial parasite, a single celled organism that feeds and reproduces in red blood cells. When a female mosquito sucks blood from an infected person, the malarial parasites reproduce in her body and find their way to the salivary glands. The next person to be bitten will therefore be injected with saliva carrying the parasite.

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