UCR professor’s research leads to Kite Mosquito Patch

Three years of research by a University of California, Riverside, team lead by Prof. Anandasankar Ray has lead to the development of the Kite Mosquito Patch, which could have a major impact on rates of malaria.

The small, colorful repellant patch, which is worn on clothing, blocks mosquitoes’ ability to track human prey for up to 48 hours. That should help protect wearers from mosquito-borne diseases including malaria, Dengue Fever and West Nile virus.

The initial technology was discovered at UCR and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health. The technology was then licensed to ieCrowd and Olfactor Laboratories, according to the Kite website. Indiegogo funding will allow for field tests in Uganda.

The non-toxic patch is designed to help protect everyone from athletes and campers to children and pregnant women in developing countries.

The patch’s compounds disrupts the mosquito’s ability to detect carbon dioxide, which is how they seek out humans.

Kite won’t be available in the US until it registration with the EPA is completed.

For more information, click here for the company’s website.

— posted by Cathy Maestri

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

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