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Malaria Detectable in Olfactory Cocktail

The malaria pathogen alters the odour profile of an infected person, making it more attractive to the pathogen-transmitting Anopheles mosquito. (Graphic: ETH Zurich / CDC, James Gathany)

ETH researchers have discovered odour profiles typical of people infected with acute or asymptomatic malaria. This is a first promising step towards a low-cost diagnostic test that can be used in the field in developing countries.