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Drones target malaria by spraying mosquito-infested rice fields in Africa

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 10, 2019 13:15

Drones target malaria by spraying mosquito-infested rice fields in Africa

A drone takes to the skies of the Zanzibar archipelago off Africa’s east coast it is the latest technology scientists are deploying to fight malaria. The drones spray mosquito-infested rice fields, typical breeding grounds for malarial mosquitoes, with Aquatain AMF, a non-toxic colourless solution. The liquid, which has been tested in laboratories but never before in the field, creates a thin film on the water’s surface preventing malarial pupae and larvae from breathing, drowning and then killing them. Such fields are typical breeding grounds for the anopheles mosquito – the type that transmit malaria, which the United Nations says kills a young child every minute and causes 75 percent of all under-five deaths.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 10, 2019 13:15