A wide range of mosquitoes can transmit the parasite, depending on the geographic area. In Africa, the most common vector is Anopheles and in the Americas, it is Culex quinquefasciatus. Aedes and Mansonia can transmit the infection in the Pacific and in Asia.
An Anopheles gambiae mosquito taking a blood meal. Credit: CDC
Many species in the genera Anopheles can transmit the infective larvae that cause lymphatic filariasis. Credit: CDC