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Malaria-carrying mosquitoes 'more likely to bite'

16 May 2013 Last updated at 01:08 BST

Mosquitoes carrying malaria are more attracted to human scent than non-malarial ones are, research has suggested.

The insects are known to track humans by smell. The study, by Dr James Logan, showed that mosquitoes carrying the disease moved more quickly towards the smell of humans and were more likely to bite.

The number of people dying from malaria has gone down by a quarter in the last decade, but it still infects over 200 million people every year.

Health Check's Dr Ayan Panja went to meet Dr Logan in his basement lab in London.

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