Malaria is a mosquito borne disease that may lead to lower levels of lymphocyte blood cells. This in turn can increase a patient’s risk of dying from the disease. Now if what researchers say is true there is a strain of the malaria parasite that can actually protect itself from the body’s immune system. This is fascinating and dangerous because your immune system is what helps your body deal with and expel the malaria parasite. In a novel study researchers have found that the parasite causing the most severe form of malaria uses proteins to make red blood cells sticky.