An Anopheles mosquito takes a blood meal through the skin.

An Anopheles mosquito takes a blood meal through the skin.

An Anopheles mosquito takes a blood meal through the skin.

An Anopheles mosquito takes a blood meal through the skin. If this blood carries sexual-stage stage parasites, they will develop in the mosquito and be passed on to others who are bit by this mosquito days later.

Image: U.S. Centers for Disease Control
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