Do women get bitten more than men?

11 May 2008

Question

Do women get bitten more than men?

Answer

We put this question to James Logan:There is anecdotal evidence to suggest so, however there is also anecdotal evidence to suggest the opposite, or that fatter people are bitten more than thinner or older people more than younger. One thing we do know is that women change in their attractiveness to mosquitoes throughout their menstrual cycle, which we assume is related to hormonal changes. Likewise, pregnant women attract more bites.

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