The 25th day of April every year is a day set aside to mark and create awareness on malaria and its dangers. And we know how we’d be celebrating this year’s World Malaria Day, by dancing “Dubstep”. And here is why. A brand new research by scientists has reported results that clearly show that malaria-carrying mosquitoes do not like electronic music, particularly Dubstep.
Malaria is a life-threatening disease that is caused by the plasmodium parasite. The parasite is transmitted by mosquitoes, specifically the female Anopheles mosquitoes. When this type of mosquitoes bites a person, they inject the malaria parasites into the person’s bloodstream. These parasites then break the body’s immune system, leading to potentially life-threatening conditions.
Malaria is a disease that has claimed many lives over the years. It has most cases reported in the African Sub-Saharan region. It is particularly dangerous to young children.
The only way to eradicate this disease is by eliminating the parasite, Plasmodium, or its carrier, the female Anopheles mosquitoes. Eliminating any of these two malaria-causing elements however is no easy feat to accomplish. Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) invests millions into research to reduce malaria incidence and death rate. With its latest project being the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016 – 2030 on a mission to reduce global malaria by at least 40%.
And according to researchers, we may now have a new way to combat the disease. By simply listening to music! According to the new study, “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”, a Dubstep song by electronic music producer, Skrillex, disrupts female mosquitoes. They say that the mixture of very high and very low sound frequencies in the song is disturbing to mosquitoes as they are quite sound-sensitive.
So basically, “Scary Monsters” can scare those tiny evil monsters called mosquitoes away. The results of the research showed that when exposed to Dubstep tracks, mosquitoes took longer to eat, exhibited lower blood feeding patterns and even less sexual activeness than normal. So basically they could not bite and suck blood because of Dubstep.
So the next time you want to reduce the effect of mosquitoes, you should probably download some Dubstep and start dancing.
Here is a preview of the above named song:
P.S. The full reports of the above mentioned study are published in the Acta Tropica journal.
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