Health Matters: Smelly Feet Attracts Mosquitoes

By: Triston Sanders Email
By: Triston Sanders Email

Also in today's Health Matters, It appears mosquitoes are attracted to the smell of stinky feet.

Researchers are using that attraction to combat the spread of malaria in Africa.

A scientific team has developed a potent serum -- similar to that of human foot odor -- to lure and kill mosquitoes.

The synthetic smell is used outdoors in so-called "mosquito landing boxes" to nab the insects known for carrying malaria. Malaria kills about 800-thousand people a year. Most of the victims are children in Africa.


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