Can a mosquito pick up malaria from an infected human?

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Offline thedoc

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Torry  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi Chris

When a person had malaria and another mosquito bites that person can that mosquito became a malaria carrying mosquito?

Thanks
Torry Coetzee

What do you think?
« Last Edit: 17/07/2012 06:30:01 by _system »

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Re: Can a mosquito pick up malaria from an infected human?
« Reply #1 on: 17/07/2012 08:00:12 »
Yes,

Mosquitoes become carriers of malaria from sucking human blood.   There are no major animal reservoirs of malaria, other than perhaps some primates.

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Re: Can a mosquito pick up malaria from an infected human?
« Reply #2 on: 17/07/2012 10:56:12 »
Most certainly yes.
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Re: Can a mosquito pick up malaria from an infected human?
« Reply #3 on: 17/05/2013 09:24:00 »
Yes, that is how most of the malaria is spread, I think that other animals being bitten that are carrying malaria also do this.

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Re: Can a mosquito pick up malaria from an infected human?
« Reply #4 on: 04/06/2013 22:42:50 »
Yes, that is how malaria is spread.
I am not sure if this has been tested but I would expect that people with malaria would be more attractive to mosquitos and that infected mosquitos would be more inclined to feed from uninfected people.

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Re: Can a mosquito pick up malaria from an infected human?
« Reply #5 on: 22/07/2013 09:57:59 »
Yes, a mosquito (anopheles most of the time in sure 'bites' an infected human, becomes infected, bites another human and the cycle continues.  So if a mosquito did NOT become infected when it bit an infected human, malaria's life cycle would be broken.

Scientists have actually tried to do this as a way of stopping malaria.

Malaria life-cycle: http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/about/biology/