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Why Are Some People Mosquito Magnets?

SEP 09, 2016 | CONTAGION EDITORIAL STAFF


Justin R. Anderson, PhD, associate professor of biology at Radford University, explains the factors that make some people more susceptible to contracting mosquito-borne viruses.

Interview Transcript (slightly modified for readability)

“Given our mammalian cell experiment, it suggests that if you have a higher level of either estrogen or an estrogen-mimic, like [Bisphenol A] BPA, in your system, possibly you could serve as a better source of the virus [from a] mosquito that would feed on you.
 
Ethically, testing that on humans would probably be questionable, and so, certainly we can do some correlational studies or look at estrogen or estrogen-mimic levels as [they] relates to virus transmission.”
 
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