|Malaria: Mosquitoes reveal fatal attraction|
Added: 17.04.2018 1:48 | 12 views | 0 comments
Malaria causes the bodies of its human hosts to emit specific odors from the skin that make the hosts even more attractive to mosquitoes, which invites further bites and risks infection of more mosquitoes and wider transmission of the disease. It's a vicious circle but one that has enabled researchers to identify the odors as organic hydrocarbons whose discovery could bring relief to a disease that claimed nearly half a million lives in 2016.
|Rats, cats, and people trade-off as main course for mosquitoes in Baltimore, Md.|
Added: 10.04.2018 15:57 | 25 views | 0 comments
Understanding how neighborhood dynamics regulate mosquito bites is key to managing diseases like West Nile virus and Zika virus. Today in Parasites & Vectors, researchers report that in Baltimore, Md., socioeconomic differences between neighborhoods influence bite risk, with rats being a primary blood meal source in lower income neighborhoods.