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USF scientists: Stressed birds attract mosquitoes

Stressed birds attract mosquitoes -- @USouthFlorida scientists

  • USF scientists: Stressed birds attract mosquitoes
  • The USF scientists found that mosquitoes use several pieces of evidence to find a potential target: carbon dioxide output, body size and temperature.
  • Zebra finches were treated with a low or high level of corticosterone — a stress hormone — and the light in their cages was adjusted to pretend that it was evening.
  • The team hypothesized that those elements could provide information on stress, and might make them a more likely target.
  • Researchers at the University of South Florida have found that birds under stress are more likely to be bitten by mosquitoes, a finding that might have implications for other mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika.

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Researchers at the University of South Florida have found that birds under stress are more likely to be bitten by mosquitoes, a finding that might have implications for other mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika.


USF scientists: Stressed birds attract mosquitoes

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