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10 facts on malaria

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Malaria is caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes

Malaria is caused by Plasmodium parasites that are spread to people through the bites of infected Anopheles mosquito vectors. Of the five parasite species that cause malaria in humans, Plasmodium falciparum is the most deadly.

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