Patients of malaria have high levels of two known mosquito attractants


eMediNexus    08 November 2017

Findings of a study presented at the American Society of Tropical Medicine Hygiene annual meeting in Baltimore have confirmed for the first time that natural human malaria infection increases levels of known mosquito attractants providing a likely mechanism for preferential attraction of Anopheles mosquitoes towards malaria infected hosts. Two independent studies performed in children with and without uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria showed significantly elevated levels of the known mosquito attractants alpha pinene and 3 carene.

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