A company has developed a non-toxic patch that protects people from the evil doings of mosquitoes. Called the Kite patch, the device scrambles their CO2 tracking abilities.
Summer means lots of outdoor activities but also an onslaught of mosquitoes.
Working sort of like a shield that makes Superheroes invisible to their nemeses, a company has made a patch that protects people from the evil doings of mosquitoes.
Called the Kite Patch, the repellent was developed at the University of California at Riverside with the goal of lessening the number of fatalities resulting from malaria.
In 2010 the majority of the world’s 660 thousand malaria deaths occurred in Africa, and in Uganda the infection rate is over 60 percent.
Backing for the repellent, which scrambles the CO2 tracking abilities of mosquitoes, was given by numerous donors including the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
The project developers are offering the public an opportunity to assist in getting the patches to Uganda for their first large-scale trial.
Through their Indiegogo fundraiser, contributors giving 35 dollars can send some there and also get a handful of them for themselves.
The patches are said to work for 48 hours, are non-toxic, and can be attached to clothing, bags, bikes and myriad other surfaces.