BBC News Review: Do chickens stop mosquito bites?

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Can chickens stop you getting bitten by mosquitoes? Join Rob and Sian in News Review as they bring you this exciting story and the language you need to understand it.


The story:

Scientists have discovered that malaria-carrying mosquitoes are deterred by the smell of certain animals, particularly chickens.

Working in Ethiopia, researchers found that the Anopheles arabiensis mosquito strongly preferred human to animal blood. And while it fed randomly on cattle, goats and sheep, it avoided chickens.

Habte Tekie - Addis Ababa University

They feed on humans and other domestic animals, but not on chicken, because the mosquito antennae did not respond.

Person sleeping under untreated bed nets inside the house, the light trap attached to the chicken didn't catch the malaria mosquitoes, while the light trap in which human beings slept overnight collected quite a significant number of malarial mosquito.

Key words and phrases:

repel
keep something away (for example: insects/water) by being unattractive or unpleasant to it

something/someone repels you
you find something/someone disgusting or unpleasant and want to stay away from it/them

deter
prevent/discourage someone from doing something by making it difficult or unpleasant for them to do it

a pun
a funny way of using a word so that more than one meaning is suggested

steer clear of
to avoid someone or something

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Must be ONLY those w/Malaria. There are chicken farms where chickens are DYING from mosquito bites.

Author — TimeforaChange InGovernment

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Thank U so much for your news videos! They're so helpful to practice and keep learning english.

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I forgot to mention they have a good sense of humor :)

Author — ABDULLAHI IBRAHIM

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Thank you for this scientific information

Author — Abukhalidashab S

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incredible way to learn a real English thank you BBC

Author — Mohey Milad

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They are both awesome. thanks alot and keep up the good works :D

Author — ABDULLAHI IBRAHIM

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I see that video it's very interesting

Author — mutwakil adam

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Thank you to all your team of being providing a appropriate information well done bbc news

Author — Ravi Dhaliwal

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would you please give the description of conversation below the video....?

Author — saleem basha devarakonda

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Sian let me congratulations for such a wonderful episode...

Author — Estanislao Herrera Mora

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Thanks BBC News. The phrase "Fly a nest is extremely good" .

Author — Đỗ Đạt Huỳnh

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Chickens may repel malaria but hail bird flu.

Author — Peace Khan

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BBC NEWS is are god way for study English lenguage

Author — Renato Lopes

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Her voice is Rachel's voice on English at work, isn't it?

Author — Euro Master

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what about dengue? can chicken stop dengue mosquito?

Author — Samir Pangeni