Anti-mosquito patch will advance malaria battle

Field tests for a patch that repels disease-transmitting mosquitoes are set to take place in Uganda. Known as the Kite Patch, this new technology aims to combat global diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus and Dengue fever. 

The patch, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, makes use of newly discovered non-toxic compounds which block mosquitoes’ detection of carbon dioxide and skin odours, preventing them from pursuing their ‘human prey’. 

Olfactor Laboratories’ chief scientist Michelle Brown said: “This isn’t just another mosquito product, but a powerful alternative allowing people to live normal lives with a new level of protection.”


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