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Malaria

14 July 2011

Stinky socks fight malaria

Scientists think the odour of human feet can be used to kill mosquitoes that carry deadly malaria. The Gates Foundation announced it will help fund the pungent project in Tanzania.

Stinky socks. Scientists think the odour of human feet can be used to  kill mosquitoes that carry deadly malaria. The Gates Foundation announced that it will help fund one such pungent project in Tanzania.

Then Okumu discovered that the stinky smell, which he replicates using a careful blend of 8 chemicals, attracts mosquitoes to a trap where they can be poisoned. The odour of human feet attracted 4 times as many mosquitoes as a human volunteer ,and the poison can kill up to 95% of mosquitoes, he said.

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