A new way to stop malaria by deceiving mosquitoes!

A new way to stop malaria by deceiving mosquitoes!
A new way to stop malaria by deceiving mosquitoes!

A Swedish company says it has mastered a new way to get rid of disease-carrying mosquitoes by tricking them into drinking poisoned juice.

Molecular Attraction researchers isolated a molecule known as HMBPP, which is found in blood infected with the malaria parasite.

HMBPP releases a scent that attracts mosquitoes and prompts them to drink more blood.

“It turns out that HMBPP can force mosquitoes to drink just about anything, as long as the pH is correct,” Molecular Attraction CEO Lek Ignatovic told the Fast Company.

The researchers lure the mosquitoes with a potent mixture of beet juice mixed with HMBPP and phytotoxins. The mosquitoes were feeding on the fake blood and died soon after.

“The big advantage is that HMBPP does not attract other insects or other species. So you can use it as a passive way to convince mosquitoes to eat the toxins,” Ignatovic said.

Because HMBPP actually attracts mosquitoes, it is needed far less than the more harmful insecticides applied to entire neighborhoods.

“At present, the biggest problem in mosquito control lies in the task of attracting them to traps. This unique formulation is exclusively attractive to the five species of Anopheles mosquitoes, which are the exclusive vectors of the malaria parasite,” the company said in a statement on its website.

She also explained that other attractants either need an electrical source or emit carbon dioxide, disturbing the biosphere.

While Molecular Attraction is eager to commercialize the insect killer, it is determined to make it “accessible and affordable”, according to Ignatovic, so that it can help vulnerable countries.

“We want to eliminate mosquito-borne diseases and reduce their number near people. So we can create a mosquito-free zone around your house. But we shouldn’t eliminate them completely,” Ignatovic said.

The study was published in Communications Biology on October 7, just one day after the World Health Organization approved the world’s first malaria vaccine.

It recommended the widespread use of the malaria vaccine RTS,S, developed by GlaxoSmithKline, for use in sub-Saharan Africa and in other areas with moderate to high levels of malaria transmission, which could save hundreds of thousands of lives annually.

Malaria is a serious disease caused by a parasite that usually infects Anopheles mosquitoes, which in turn transmits the disease to humans when it bites them.

Victims often have flu-like symptoms, including fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, nausea and vomiting.

 
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