The mosquito is the obligate vector for malaria transmission
malaria parasite plasmodium
PLoS Pathog 8(10): e1002965
PLoS ONE 5(10): e13653
During the blood meal of a Plasmodium-infected mosquito, 10 to 100 parasites are inoculated into the skin and a proportion of these migrate via the bloodstream to the liver where they infect hepatocytes.