A recent study by the National Academy of Sciences has confirmed that getting malaria stinks, literally. Victims carrying the malaria parasite were found to give off an odour that attracts mosquitoes, and were more likely to aid in spreading the disease. A Kenyan study from 2004 found that children with malaria were more attractive to mosquitoes, but couldn’t pinpoint the reason why. This breakthrough might aid researchers to develop a deterrant by manipulating the olfactory senses of mosquitoes. Despite a massive reduction in the number of malaria deaths since 2000, the World Health Organisation estimates that more than 600,000 people died from the disease in 2012, mostly African children.
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