In many parts of the world, a mosquito bite can be deadly, as it could be carrying malaria.
But mosquitoes are just the vectors, or carriers, of the pathogen.
It’s actually an infectious parasite that’s at the root of inflicting this serious disease to humans.
While treatments and prevention programs have eradicated the disease in many countries around the world, malaria is still an incredibly scary reality for many.
On this episode of The Science Briefing, Dr Sophie Calabretto talks to Cosmos Magazine journalist Jacinta Bowler about the defences we have against malaria and whether or not we can globally eradicate the disease.