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Bug Breakfast in the Bulletin: Malaria

Kate Ward, Rogan Lee, Richard Russell

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 17(4) 57 - 57 Published: 2006

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Kate Ward

Rogan Lee

Richard Russell

Abstract

Malaria is one of the most important vector borne diseases in the world. Approximately 1 million deaths per year are
attributable to malaria with the majority of these being in sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria is transmitted to humans via the bite of an
infected female Anopheles mosquito. There are four major species of malaria parasites that cause disease in humans. These belong to the genus and of these, causes the most severe disease.