Malaria Parasites Alter Human Odor to Attract Mosquito Vectors

Trends Parasitol. 2018 Jul;34(7):547-549. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2018 Jun 1.


Several studies have demonstrated that malaria parasites can render vertebrate hosts - including humans - more attractive to biting mosquitoes. A recent study provides evidence that Plasmodium falciparum infection alters the aldehyde composition of human foot odor, and suggests that this may be the proximate cause of increased attraction.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anopheles*
  • Humans
  • Malaria
  • Malaria, Falciparum
  • Mosquito Vectors*
  • Odorants
  • Parasites
  • Plasmodium falciparum