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Keeping a chicken can help protect against malaria

July 21, 2016

ChickenChickens aren’t just good for egg laying. It turns out that keeping a feathered friend by your side could provide protection against malaria.

Scientists have discovered that malaria-carrying mosquitoes are put off by the smell of certain animal species, including chickens.

Professor Rickard Ignell, from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, said: “We were surprised to find that malaria mosquitoes are repelled by the odours emitted by chickens.

“This study shows for the first time that malaria mosquitoes actively avoid feeding on certain animal species, and that this behaviour is regulated through odour cues.”

Working in Ethiopia, the scientists tested mosquitoes to find out what kind of blood they fed on.
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Malaria Journal

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