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Mosquitoes prefer pregnant women

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 10 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1558
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Pregnant women are twice as attractive to malaria carrying mosquitoes as non-pregnant women, according to new research. This added attractiveness is thought to be linked to physiological and behavioural changes and places pregnant women at greater risk of malaria, an important cause of stillbirths, low birth weight, and early infant mortality.

    For the research, 36 pregnant and 36 non-pregnant women were studied in the Gambia. Every night during the …

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