Malaria Life Cycle

From the Wellcome Trust, these animations show the life cycle of the malaria parasite. They illustrate how the parasite develops in the mosquito before being transmitted to a human host following a blood meal.

The protozoan then develops inside the host's liver and red blood cells, causing the symptoms of malaria and releasing further parasites that are capable of infecting a mosquito to complete the cycle.

Two animations illustrate the stages that occur in the mosquito and human parts of the life cycle.

The animations contain a lot of detail and can be used with students aged 16+ to illustrate transmission of the disease and the parasite's life cycle. They may be used with younger students as an extension to their learning.

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