Chicken odour 'prevents' malaria, shows new study

A poultry farmer tends to her chickens in Nyeri. Scientists in Ethiopia discovered that chicken odour repels malaria-causing mosquitoes. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Scientists discovered chickens have a volatile chemical component that repels mosquitoes.
  • Titled Chicken Volatiles Repel Host-Seeking Malaria Mosquitoes, the researchers tested the insects to find out what type of blood they fed on.

Malaria researchers have found that keeping a chicken by your bedside could help protect you from mosquito bites that spread malaria, shows a new study.


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