Is malaria a type of parasite?
Malaria is an infection of the red blood cells caused by a single-celled protozoan parasite in the genus Plasmodium. A parasite is an organism that lives in or on another organism, called the host, and causes harm to the host while benefiting from the relationship. Several species of Plasmodium cause malaria in human hosts, but the species that causes the most cases and is also the most deadly is Plasmodium falciparum. The P. falciparum parasite is carried by Anopheles mosquitoes, which are vectors for the disease, as well as secondary hosts for the parasite. A vector is an organism (such as an insect) that spreads pathogens from host to host.