Malaria Parasites Alter Human Odor to Attract Mosquito Vectors

Hillery C. Metz, Carolyn Sarah McBride

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Several studies have demonstrated that malaria parasites can render vertebrate hosts – including humans – more attractive to biting mosquitoes. A recent study provides evidence that Plasmodium falciparum infection alters the aldehyde composition of human foot odor, and suggests that this may be the proximate cause of increased attraction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-549
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Parasitology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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