Dirty socks could help fight malaria


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Dirty socks could help fight malaria

MONTREAL: The odour of dirty socks can be used to lure mosquitoes into a deadly trap before they can spread malaria, a US and Canadian-funded researcher based in Africa said yesterday.

Dr Fredros Okumu, of the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania, discovered through an experiment that mosquitoes were more attracted to the odour of filthy feet than to live humans sleeping in the same area.

“We had an experimental house with a human being sleeping inside and a second experimental house with a synthetic mixture,” he told AFP by telephone.

“We realised that we were getting four times more mosquitoes going into the house with (the) synthetic mixture,” which, when doused with insecticide, killed the bugs.

“When mosquitoes are crossing the compound, they sense something that they think it is a human being. They attempt to bite that person or that device and ... instead of getting blood they get killed.”

His findings have earned him a US$775,000 (RM23.7 million) grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Canadian NGO Grand Challenges to install the devices in a number of Tanzanian villages to measure their effect on public health.

The devices are to be placed outside homes in order to complement life-saving nets and repellents.

“We were attracted to that idea because it is a bold idea, it’s creative, it’s innovative,” Peter Singer, chief executive officer of Grand Challenges Canada, told said.

Malaria claimed 781,000 lives in 2009, according to the UN’s World Health Organisation (WHO), which is heading efforts to distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets and to spray reproduction sites.

About 90% of malaria deaths each year occur in Africa and 92% of those are children aged under five.

Other mosquito-borne diseases include dengue, which sickens around 50 million people each year, yellow fever, filariasis and West Nile virus.


fadlisabri said...

lepas nie x nk cuci stokin lah!haha...=)

The Medical Duo said...

haha...bagus la 2. kasik bau satu rumah...baru la tarak kena malaria, oh? LOL

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