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To Fight Malaria, Skip the Beer?

If you’re trying to avoid mosquito bites, try skipping the beer. Scientists randomly assigned 43 men in Burkina Faso to drink either a locally brewed beer or tap water. They found that the mosquitoes were more attracted to the beer drinkers than the water drinkers. The study’s authors conclude that “beer consumption is a risk factor for malaria and needs to be integrated into public health policies for the design of control measures.” (HT: Chris Blattman) [%comments]