Got Stinky Feet? Mosquitoes Will Love You!

By Meera Dolasia on July 18, 2011

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If you are one of those unfortunate souls that is constantly getting bitten by the pesky mosquitoes here's a suggestion - Clean those stinky feet! At least that's what Dr. Fredros Okumu, believes attracts these parasites more, to certain humans than others.

Scientists have known for many years that mosquitoes seek out their human prey by smelling the Carbon Dioxide emitted when breathing. Then, about 15 years ago, Dutch researcher Dr. Bart Knols came up with the theory, that once they get closer, they hone in on their prey, with the help of feet odor.

To test this, he locked himself naked in a room full of the tiny insects - Sure enough, the bulk of his bites were near his feet. While his findings were a big breakthrough, researchers did not know how to capitalize on them, until now.

Dr. Okumu, the head researcher at Tanzania's Ifakara Health Institute, replicated the smell of stinky human feet inside a trap, to test if he could lure mosquitoes in - Sure enough, the parasites swarmed into the device, where they were poisoned and left to die.

The results are so encouraging that the researcher has received a $775,000USD grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to test his theory further and also, develop affordable traps that can be deployed all over Africa, where the mosquito-borne infectious disease Malaria is responsible for over 800,000 deaths annually.

Resources: blog.chron.com, physorg.com

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  • Grace Friday, February 3, 2017 at 3:32 pm
    I had no clue about this.
    • dictionary
      dictionaryWednesday, October 26, 2016 at 1:34 pm
      How is this gross? It's something that helps people with stinky feet!
      • LavenderWednesday, May 18, 2016 at 6:18 am
        I don't see why people say eww, it's a part of human nature, also, where are the pictures?
        • LaurenWednesday, May 18, 2016 at 6:15 am
          Ok, so are the mosquito diseases in America?😨
          • dictionary
            dictionaryWednesday, October 26, 2016 at 1:33 pm
            No, but the Zeke virus in SOME mosquitos is.
          • coolanime
            coolanimeFriday, March 25, 2016 at 12:02 pm
            Thank you so much for telling this article I am going to start washing my feet right away
            • coolanime
              coolanimeFriday, March 25, 2016 at 12:07 pm
              (Thought I don't have stinky feet)
            • HeidiFriday, February 26, 2016 at 5:27 pm
              Eww.... That is like,so disgusting.😞😑
              • HeidiWednesday, February 3, 2016 at 12:49 pm
                Not wow ewwww that is descusting
                • HeidiWednesday, February 3, 2016 at 12:48 pm
                  Wow that's is a bit weird
                  • gamerFriday, September 11, 2015 at 11:51 am
                    eww thats gross and disgusting and has NO meaning whatsoever
                    • 465Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:01 am
                      i love stinky feet

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