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Definition: An animate inermediary in the indirect transmission of an agent that carries the agent from a reservoir to a susceptible host. An organism that transmits the infection as a mosquito transmits the malaria protozoans.

Example: Most often the vector is an insect which picks up the pathogen from an infected person and transmits it to a susceptible individual. The Anopheles mosquito is responsible for the spread of Malaria.

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