Mosquitoes Prefer People With Type O Blood, Study Finds

The finding was published in the Journal of Medical Entomology

By David Jeannot
|  Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013  |  Updated 8:02 PM EDT
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It's mosquito season, and believe it or not those pesky bloodsuckers have a preference for whom they bite. Sonsire Becerra and Karleef Kebreau talked about mosquitoes.

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It's mosquito season, and believe it or not those pesky bloodsuckers have a preference for whom they bite. Sonsire Becerra and Karleef Kebreau talked about mosquitoes.

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It’s mosquito season, and believe it or not those pesky bloodsuckers have a preference for whom they bite.

“Bothering little prickers,” Sonsire Becerra said, laughing.

“You know they normally migrate around areas that have a lot of water, or especially dirty water,” Karleef Kebreau said about mosquitoes.

When they’re not hovering around still waters they’re usually looking for a tasty human treat. The list goes on about what people think mosquitoes may be attracted to, but according to a study by the Journal of Medical Entomology, people with type O blood are much more susceptible to mosquito bites than other blood groups.

“Oh well then I’m fine, then. I guess that’s probably why I haven’t been getting any mosquito bites then, I guess,” Kebreau said.

The study showed that the insects were 83 percent more likely to quietly land on someone with type O blood than someone with type B, A, or even AB, especially.

Becerra said she doesn’t know her blood type.

But if your blood is type O, there’s no reason to panic. The Florida Department of Health in Broward County says it has no specific knowledge with respect to the relationship between mosquito bites and blood type.

The Florida Department of Health says what’s really important for the public to know is to drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying, to cover your skin with clothing or mosquito repellant, and to cover doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out.

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