Smelly socks could be a key to preventing malaria deaths in the developing world

Grand Challenges Canada, Toronto

13 Jul 11

Fredros Okumu, Tanzania

Tanzanian researchers are awarded a two-year grant to further develop a device that uses human foot odor to lure disease-spreading mosquitos into a trap.  The odor (both natural and synthetic) creates a bait that attracts four times more mosquitoes than a live human being.

Such outdoor devices could one day complement indoor spraying programs and bed nets in reducing malaria and perhaps other mosquito-bourne diseases like elephantiasis and leishmaniasis.

The grant, from Grand Challenges Canada and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is detailed in the news release below.

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