Piran Stout Ross, an Australian entomologist at the University of Melbourne, offers his arm to thousands of mosquitoes to sting. This is in an effort to find effective methods to eradicate the dengue virus transmitted by mosquitoes.
Record day of mosquito blood feeding today. ~5000 female mosquitoes fed and 16 mL of blood lost. pic.twitter.com/7OzeQ9rGl7
— Perran Ross (@MosWhisperer) May 7, 2020
Of that experience that spanned years, Ross said, “Sometimes it can be a little painful if it bites you in the right place, but most often it’s just a slight irritation. Sure, I rub my arms later, but once I take it out I try to resist the urge to do so.” .
More time-lapse mosquito feeding pic.twitter.com/SHPraxM6Id
— Perran Ross (@MosWhisperer) December 18, 2017
Ross drew attention on several occasions before, most notably when he commented on a picture of him last May, saying, “A record number for feeding mosquitoes with blood today, feeding nearly 5,000 female mosquitoes, and losing 16 ml of blood.”
Time-lapse mosquito feeding pic.twitter.com/AJx5iy1gqr
— Perran Ross (@MosWhisperer) December 12, 2017
The clips that Ross posted on his Twitter account showed him carefully watching thousands of insects from mosquitoes sucking blood on his arm, in an attempt to understand how mosquitoes transmit that virus.
By popular demand, here’s a shorter version of the exploding mosquitoes video pic.twitter.com/nRMiycFKqH
— Perran Ross (@MosWhisperer) March 24, 2020
Dengue fever is a type of hemorrhagic fever, and it is a viral disease that is transmitted to humans by the Aedes mosquito that transmits the virus from an infected person to a healthy person. It infects infants, young children and adults alike, and the infection is not transmitted from one person to another.