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Forum Name: Hematology Topics

Question: Research on blood types and insect bites.

 technoid347 - Fri Oct 21, 2005 3:23 pm

Over the past several years I have spoken with many people who suffer more than normal insect bites. They all have one thing in common; B+ blood. I also have B+ blood and suffer far more insect bites than people around me. Has there been or is there presently any research in this area? If there has or is research being done, where would I go to read what is the present day status?
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Wed Jul 26, 2006 1:58 pm

User avatar Dear technoid347,

Various studies tried to address this subject and to find out host conditions that might influence the attractiveness of different species of mosquitoes.
Some studies showed that the Anopheles species prefer adults rather than children and men rather than women.

To the contrary, random feeding by this mosquito in the Asian An. punctulatus species has also been reported by others.

Others addressed the relation between parasite infection and ABO blood group type and the attractiveness influence on mosquitoes; some results show a possible preferential difference, while many others refused the idea of such influence and preference.

I hope you find this information useful.
Best regards,

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