14 Jul '11, 1am

The next weapon in the fight against malaria-carrying mosquitoes? Smelly feet. Really.

The next weapon in the fight against malaria-carrying mosquitoes? Smelly feet. Really.

Scientists think the musky odour of human feet can be used to attract and kill mosquitoes that carry deadly malaria. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM NAIROBI (Kenya) - WHAT do mosquitoes like more than clean, human skin? Stinky socks. Scientists think the musky odour of human feet can be used to attract and kill mosquitoes that carry deadly malaria. The Gates Foundation announced on Wednesday that it will help fund one such pungent project in Tanzania. If they can be cheaply mass-produced, the traps could provide the first practical way of controlling malaria infections outside. The increased use of bed nets and indoor spraying has already helped bring down transmissions inside homes. Dutch scientist Dr Bart Knols first discovered mosquitoes were attracted to foot odour by standing in a dark room naked and examining where he was bitten, said Dr Fredros Okumu, the head of the res...

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