Fighting Back By Making Our Blood Deadly To Mosquitoes
We all know that mosquitoes like the taste of our blood, and with that comes the risk of them spreading their deadly diseases to us humans. However, what if we could fight back by making our own blood deadly to mosquitoes? A dose of an anti parasite drug could be our next weapon. Here’s an article with more information:-
A commonly used anti-parasite drug could be the next weapon in the fight against malaria. Researchers from Kenya and the United Kingdom report that dosing people with ivermectin, commonly used in heartworm pills, makes them deadly targets for the mosquitoes that transmit malaria. Nearly all of the mosquitoes in the experiment died after drinking ivermectin-laced blood, they say.
It’s not yet known how safe this method would be for children and of course the experiment was conducted with malaria patients as participants, so this is a long way off proving effective. It’s interesting news to share though.
Also, this research has only been performed with those mosquitoes infected with malaria. What about all the others that carry a myriad of other harmful and deadly diseases.
New research finds that malaria-carrying mosquitoes died after biting people who had taken high doses of ivermectin, a drug meant to fight parasites. This means the drug might one day become part of national malaria control programs. Only certain species of mosquitoes of the Anopheles genus — and only females of those species — can transmit malaria. Malaria is caused by a single-celled parasite called Plasmodium, which undergoes a series of infection steps before arriving at the mosquito’s salivary gland, from which it ultimately spreads to bitten humans.
With mosquito season upon us (and in some parts of the world, it never goes away) it’s so important to ensure that you are in the know when it comes to mosquito prevention. Knowledge is power, knowledge is safety and knowledge plus action can keep you protected from these disease spreading pests.