People with malaria attract more mosquitoes

By Christen Brownlee, 15:53 PM April 15, 2008

The malaria-causing protozoan Plasmodium falciparum may facilitate its own spread by making people more alluring to mosquitoes, according to biomedical researchers reporting in the September PLoS Biology.

P. falciparum spends part of its life cycle in mosquitoes and the remainder in people. After a mosquito carrying the parasite bites a person, protozoa migrate from the wound to the liver. There, the organisms produce offspring that attack blood cells. When another mosquito bites the infected...

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