Malaria awareness – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Malaria is caused by a single-celled parasite, but infection in humans is a result of transmission by mosquitoes.
Costero: Mosquitoes are important vectors of diseases to humans.
Narrator: Dr. Adriana Costero is a Vector Biology Program Officer at NIH. And what is a vector?
Costero: It’s basically an animal that helps transmit pathogens from one human or one animal to another.
Narrator: Mosquitoes are vectors for a variety of diseases.
Costero: Malaria, dengue, yellow fever, West Nile virus, those are all mosquito-borne disease.
Narrator: Malaria in particular kills nearly one million people each year. For more information on mosquitoes, malaria and this vector research, visit www.niaid.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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