Malaria Parasites Alter Human Odor to Attract Mosquito Vectors.

TitleMalaria Parasites Alter Human Odor to Attract Mosquito Vectors.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsMetz, HC, McBride, CS
JournalTrends Parasitol
Volume34
Issue7
Pagination547-549
Date Published2018/07/31
ISSN1471-5007
KeywordsAnimals, Anopheles, Humans, Malaria, Malaria, Falciparum, Mosquito Vectors, Odorants, Parasites, Plasmodium falciparum
Abstract

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.

DOI10.1016/j.pt.2018.05.003
Alternate JournalTrends Parasitol
PubMed ID29866445