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Scientists say they found a way to nullify the hunger of mosquitoes and thus prevent bites

Scientists say they found a way to nullify the hunger of mosquitoes and thus prevent bites

Researchers at Rockefeller University (USA) propose the use of substances to cause a feeling of "empacho" in insects. In this way they blocked their interest in attacking new victims to quench their thirst for blood.

The mosquito is the animal that kills more people in the world, because its bite is the vectors of epidemic diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, dengue, zika and others.

Now American scientists claim to have found a definitive solution to the annoying and deadly sting.

Researchers at Rockefeller University (USA) propose the use of substances to cause a feeling of "empacho" in insects. In this way they blocked their interest in attacking new victims to quench their thirst for blood.

"Insecticides fail, we have not found a way to make better insect repellents, and we still do not have vaccines that work well against most diseases transmitted by mosquitoes," says Leslie Vosshall, lead author of a study published in the journal Cell.

Speaking to the scientific news agency Sinc, the specialist adds: "We no longer have any ideas, our proposal is a completely new way of thinking about the management of these infections."

In contrast to people who usually regain appetite within a few hours, it takes a few days before mosquitoes are hungry again after filling the stomach.

This phenomenon attracted the attention of researchers because they somehow managed in one way or another to keep insects away from their desire.

The experts assumed that certain hormones were responsible for attracting mosquitoes to people and that after eating there was something that reduced their desire for more blood.

Vosshall and his team worked together with Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that is mainly known as dengue and other diseases.

The female of this species feeds on human blood to feed his eggs that are still growing. By producing generations of different offspring, this mosquito must feed its entire life several times.

Source: El Tribuno

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