Getting The Best Of Mosquitos

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Around the world, Mosquitoes are a problem. They cause dangerous diseases like Malaria and there are only a few methods to hinder or stop the disease that they spread.

A team of scientists, designers and public health experts from Riverside, Cali. have been developing Kite, a small patch that protects humans from mosquitoes.

The small sticker, which was developed using non-toxic compounds blocks the sense of nearby mosquitos and makes humans virtually invisible to the pests.

Kite Patches stick to clothing and last for about 48 hours.

The project which has exceeded its goal on Indiegogo, with a month still to go, wants to help people around the world. The initial pilot of the product will last six months and take place in Uganda where diseases from Mosquitoes are particularly bad.

According to the campaign page, over 60% of children have diseases related to Mosquitoes in some regions of the country.

Throughout the pilot, Kite’s team will try to improve and finalize the product by utilizing feedback received from the pilot.

The project has received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, but is now on Indiegogo to finalize the initiative. Additionally, the team hopes to expand the project outside of Uganda to other areas around the world that have similar problems.

Kite Patches are not currently available to the public, but according to the product’s website, “It’s new and powerful. Because it defends humans from mosquitoes, it’s considered a “repellent”. It uses non-toxic, spatial compounds that –while safe for human consumption/contact – require EPA registration. We’re eager to get our EPA registration process completed and get products to market and to you.”

While in Uganda, Kite is working with Pilgrim Africa to help make the field test successful.

Photo Courtesy of AFP/Getty Images

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