A mosquito's antenna responds to odors. Scientists are trying to figure out how the malaria parasite might trigger a change in body odor that draws in mosquitoes that carry the disease, like the Anopheles skeeter pictured above.
An Anopheles mosquito — the only kind that can spread malaria — feeds on a human. On Monday, a 4-year-old girl died of the disease in Italy, where malaria was thought to have been eradicated.
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From left: Emmanuel Kwame lost his sight to river blindness as a young man in Ghana; a bed net keeps mosquitoes away from a mother and child in a Somalian hospital; extracting a guinea worm from an infected person.
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By hanging a caged chicken near mosquito traps in bedrooms in three Ethiopian villages, researchers hoped to learn how the insects react to the scent of a fowl.
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