Kite Mosquito Patch

Summer in the southern hemisphere means cooking over the coals, warm evenings and scratching incessantly at mosquito bites. Besides being irritating, mosquitoes also kill nearly half a million people a year.

Developed at the University of California, Riverside, and co-funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kite research team found that certain chemical compounds inhibit carbon dioxide receptors in mosquitoes, who target us when alerted to our exhalation of carbon dioxide.

The sticker-like Kite Patch will keep mosquitoes at bay for up to 48 hours, without the use of toxic chemicals found in many other repellents on the market. The patch emits FDA-approved compounds that block a mosquito’s ability to sense humans. Much like Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, or smearing zombie innards on yourself to keep zombies away in The Walking Dead.

With malaria ranked in the top 10 causes of worldwide deaths in low- and middle-income countries, this could be a break-through in fighting the spread of the disease. It should also work for world travellers, or just those not wanting to be pestered by mosquitoes while having a cognac on a hotel viewing deck.

The Kite Patch is set to be market-ready in 2017.

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