Mosquitoes are attracted to infected mammals

Mosquitoes are attracted to infected mammals

Scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and their colleagues combined analytical chemistry and behavioral assessment to examine the relation inbetween malaria-infected mammals and mosquitoes. They found that Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes were most attracted to malaria-infected mice when they were very infectious. This demonstrates how the malaria-causing parasite Plasmodium chabaudii manipulates its host by switching its odor profiles.  These findings can have significant implications for disease managing studies.

Read more in The Scientist.


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