The μgnome got out his drawing set and sketched out a schematic diagram of how Plasmodium species (the cause of malaria) uses both humans and Anopheles mosquitoes to keep its numbers up. Note how it finds multiple opportunities to amplify its numbers.
Malaria is one of the top three infectious disease challanges worldwide, accounting for millions of deaths per annum worldwide. More colourful diagrams can be found courtesy EMRO (WHO) and Nature, generously provided for educational purposes.
14th March, 2010.