Mosquitoes Increased Attraction due to Specific Parasite-Induced Changes in Host Odors
Malaria parasites (e.g., experimentally proven for the mouse species Plasmodium chabaudii) change odors of vertebrate hosts so that they are more often attacked by hungry mosquitoes. This attraction is apparently mediated by an elevation of volatile emissions and characteristic changes in the levels and components respectively of aspired compounds. The same effects were shown in a study involving Kenyan children harboring the parasitic stages of Plasmodium falciparum.
KeywordsPlasmodium Falciparum Characteristic Change Species Plasmodium Vertebrate Host Parasitic Stage
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