A little colorful sticker you can slap onto your shirt may prove to be one of the most efficient methods to ward off malaria, dengue fever, West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, its inventors say. A team of scientists and entrepreneurs have developed the Kite patch, which they have shown can effectively repel mosquitoes while being easy to use and imparting no side effects.
“Once a person places it on a shirt, jacket or backpack, it will be active for 48 hours,” says Grey Frandsen, project lead and chief marketing officer of ieCrowd, the company behind the patch. After having proven that their technology works in a lab, the company plans to field-test the first batch of Kites in Uganda, a hotbed of malaria. Read Full Story