Awkward moment Project host Waleed Aly instantly regrets asking doctor why he’s always getting bitten by mosquitoes – as urgent warning is issued over deadly virus spread by mozzies
- The Project’s Waleed Aly was left red-faced by Dr Ali Zaid
- He asked Dr Zaid why he’s bitten by mosquitoes so much
- Dr Zaid suggested that it could be due to ‘smelly feet’
Waleed Aly has been left red-faced after a doctor suggested ‘smelly feet’ could be why he’s bitten by mosquitoes so much.
The Project host spoke with viral immunologist, Dr Ali Zaid, following news a third person had died of the mosquito-borne Murray Valley Encephalitis virus.
Aly broke the serious tone of the interview to ask Dr Zaid why he is frequently targeted by the blood-sucking pests.
‘The problem I have is if there’s one mosquito in the country, it will find me and eat me,’ the TV host said.
‘I’m just one of these people, I’m the first bitten in any gathering and it’s endless.’
Dr Zaid referred to recent studies that showed there were certain compounds people released through their odour and sweat that attracted mosquitoes.
‘Some of those compounds are also found in, how to put this, smelly feet,’ he said.
The Project’s Waleed Aly (pictured) was left red faced after he asked Dr Ali Zaid why he’s frequently targeted by mosquitoes
The panel awkwardly burst out into laughter leaving Aly lost for words.
‘Okay, I may have regretted asking you that question,’ he said before ending the interview.
The number of mosquitos have been on the rise in Australia due to unseasonably wet weather providing the perfect habitat.
Also rapidly increasing is deadly mosquito-borne diseases such as Murray Valley Encephalitis.
Dr Zaid said it’s important for Aussies to monitor their symptoms after being bitten.
‘When people do develop clinical symptoms it starts off with fever and headaches and nausea and it can progress to vomiting,’ he said.
‘When the disease progresses to the more severe form of the pathology, this is Encephalitis, which essentially means an inflammation of the brain, and so neurological symptoms start to appear.’
Dr Zaid was brought on the show to speak about mosquito-borne diseases after a third Victorian died of Murray Valley Encephalitis earlier this month (stock image)
Dr Zaid (pictured) explained there were certain compounds released through people’s odour that attracted mosquitoes. He added that these compounds can be found in ‘smelly feet’
He added that when symptoms ‘progress that far’ it can lead to death.
Dr Zaid stressed that Murray Valley Encephalitis was a ‘rare disease’ as there weren’t many cases recorded and most people won’t have symptoms.
In terms of protection against mosquitoes, the doctor recommended applying mosquito repellent, avoiding areas that attract mosquitos such as a wet area or standing water, and wearing long-sleeve clothing.
It comes as a Victorian man aged in his 70s died of Murray Valley Encephalitis earlier this month after potentially being exposed to infectious mosquitoes in the northern Campaspe Shire, according to state’s health department.
Two women in their 60s died last month from the disease.
A small proportion of infected people develop encephalitis, which is an inflammation of the brain (X-ray pictured). This can potentially lead to brain damage or death
The virus has re-emerged in Victoria’s north for the first time in nearly 50 years, with infected mosquitoes found in Mildura, Swan Hill, Campaspe, Indigo and Wangaratta.
Many of these areas were impacted by severe flooding in late 2022, which provided ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes which carry the virus.
There is no vaccine against Murray Valley encephalitis.
It can cause a rare but potentially serious infection of the central nervous system and people are being urged to reduce the risk of mosquito bites.
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