Health experts recommend 'sleeping' with a live chicken to keep away Malaria

Could sleeping with chickens ward off mosquito-borne malaria?

The vaccine, which has partial effectiveness, has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives if used with existing measures, the WHO regional director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said in a statement.

According to the World Health Organization, a child dies every minute from malaria in Africa where it is estimated that 9 out of 10 malaria deaths occur.

Preventing Malaria may actually be simpler than earlier thought; a new study has found that having a live chicken in your room while you sleep could prevent malaria causing mosquitoes from slurping up your blood.

Ethiopian and Swedish scientists discovered that mosquitoes tend to avoid chickens and other birds.

The experiments, conducted in western Ethiopia, included suspending a live chicken in a cage near a volunteer sleeping under a bed net.

The scientists, whose research was published in the Malaria Journal, concluded that as mosquitoes use their sense of smell to locate an animal they can bite there must be something in a chicken's odour that puts the insects off.

Habte Tekie from Addis Ababa University who was part of the research team, says that the compounds from the chicken odour can be extracted and use as a mosquito repellent.

After the successful experiment where it was proofed malaria infections went down, field trials are now "in the pipeline".


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