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|This is a female mosquito that has recently had a blood meal. Note her red, bloated abdomen. She will use the blood as food to develop a batch of eggs. Mosquitoes are flies in the family Culicidae, which contains approximately 3,500 known species worldwide, approximately 170 of which live in the United States. By biting one host individual and then another, mosquitoes can vector (transmit) infectious disease agents between hosts. Such infectious agents include the Plasmodium parasite species that cause malaria and the virus that causes Yellow Fever. In North America, mosquitoes transmit West Nile Virus between bird and human hosts, for example. Thus, mosquitoes are potentially dangerous. One should take measures to avoid being bitten by them. On the positive side, male mosquitoes are nice guys. They are harmless and do not bite.|
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