Mosquitoes are a menace in the tropical weather. Ask any Asian or African citizen, and you would know what dangers a tiny flying insect can have. Every year millions die from Malaria, Dengue and other such ailments that happen through mosquito bites. Repellents and sprays have their own harmful side effects and are not always effective. The team at The Kite led by Grey Frandsen, Dr. Michelle Brown and Torrey Tayanaka have come up with a brilliant patch that can make humans nearly invisible to mosquitoes. The work is still in testing phase but holds a lot of promise for the 3rd world countries where Malaria and Dengue are a major concern.
Each disposable square patch measures just 1.5 inches (38 mm) per side, and is simply stuck onto the clothing like an adhesive decal. A proprietary blend of FDA-approved non-toxic ingredients within the patch then exudes a scent, that reportedly blocks mosquitoes’ ability to detect exhaled carbon dioxide – that’s the major method by which the insects track down their human prey. Once exposed to the air, the patch remains effective for 48 hours.
Kite’s™ technology stems from scientific developments initially developed at the University of California, Riverside with assistance from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. Initial large-scale testing is planned to take place in Uganda, where disease-carrying mosquitoes are a major health issue. Ultimately, it is hoped that Kite patches will be widely available both to aid organizations, and to consumers around the world.
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