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Mosquitoes bite some people more than others






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Why do mosquitoes bite some people more than others? A website has found some answers to this question. The site Medical News Today (MNT) looked at what parts of us mosquitoes like. They found some interesting things. A professor of public health told MNT what he thought mosquitoes liked. He said mosquitoes liked pregnant women, people with high body temperature, people who sweat, and those with darker skin. He said our blood type could be another reason. Mosquitoes are not so attracted to people with blood group A. However, they like people with blood group O.

There are over 3,500 species of mosquitoes worldwide. Only some of these bite people. Only the females bite. They need blood so their eggs get protein. Mosquito bites are annoying. They become itchy and can swell up. Millions of people have died from the diseases that mosquitoes spread. These include malaria, yellow fever and Zika, among others. To avoid getting bitten, it is best to cover your skin. It is also a good idea to use insect spray (day and night, indoors and outdoors). Sleeping under a mosquito net also reduces the chances of being bitten.

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