Researchers use drones to pilot a new tool to fight malaria

11/7/2019 3:00:00 AM

Scientists seeking a breakthrough in the fight against malaria have used drones ...

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Scientists seeking a breakthrough in the fight against malaria have used drones to spray rice fields in Zanzibar — not with traditional pesticides but with a thin, non-toxic film meant to drown mosquito larvae

Scientists seeking a breakthrough in the fight against malaria have used drones ...

2 Min ReadCHEJU, Zanzibar (Reuters) - Scientists seeking a breakthrough in the fight against malaria have used drones to spray rice fields in Zanzibar - not with traditional pesticides but with a thin, non-toxic film.The fields are typical breeding grounds for the anopheles mosquito - the type that transmits malaria, which the United Nations says kills a young child every minute and causes 75 percent of all under five deaths.

Ninety percent of all cases occur in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the World Health Organization.The researchers, led by Bart Knols from Radboud University in The Netherlands, plan to sample the larvae and the mosquitoes in the fields before, during and after spraying it with the silicone-based liquid, Aquatain AMF, to test its impact.

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Edwin Waita 2 Min Read CHEJU, Zanzibar (Reuters) - Scientists seeking a breakthrough in the fight against malaria have used drones to spray rice fields in Zanzibar - not with traditional pesticides but with a thin, non-toxic film.(CNN) The mobile Ka-band Doppler radar rig is similar to what meteorologists use to monitor the weather, but it is finely tuned to detect ash particles in a fire plume, said Craig Clements, the director of San Jose State University's Fire Weather Research Laboratory.Egypt’s strongman Abdel Fattah el Sisi has led the country with an iron fist since 2013, when the general-turned-president overthrew the first democratically-elected President Mohammed Morsi, inflicting a deadly blow to the Cairo’s newborn democracy., government agencies and health care systems nationwide, the study noted.

The fields are typical breeding grounds for the anopheles mosquito - the type that transmits malaria, which the United Nations says kills a young child every minute and causes 75 percent of all under five deaths. Ninety percent of all cases occur in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the World Health Organization.At least 13 wildfires are burning in CaliforniaThe system got its first real world tests last month with the Briceburg Fire near Yosemite National Park and the Kincade Fire, which has burned more than 77,000 acres and destroyed 374 structures in Northern California. The researchers, led by Bart Knols from Radboud University in The Netherlands, plan to sample the larvae and the mosquitoes in the fields before, during and after spraying it with the silicone-based liquid, Aquatain AMF, to test its impact.  The latests renewal was approved on October 26. Malawi has used drones to map mosquito breeding sites but the researchers in Zanzibar say preventing pupae and larvae from attaching themselves to the surface of the water takes the malaria fight to the next level."We really want to understand the wind flow around fires. “By controlling them right at the source we hope to have an impact ultimately on the transmission of malaria,” Knols said. The study looked at more than 6,000 self-identified blacks and nearly 44,000 self-identified whites.

He and fellow researchers chose Tanzania’s Zanzibar archipelago for the pilot partly due to its progressive laws on the use of drones for research. We don't know what impact that has on fire spread. There has been no peaceful time in Egypt [since the coup in July 2013],” said Hamza Zawba, the former spokesman of the Freedom and Justice Party, which was the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood,  the country’s most powerful opposition. Slideshow (19 Images) “It is very difficult to just walk through the paddies and apply the chemicals, so you want to have something that can just spray it on the water surface. It spreads, does the job and that’s it,” said Wolfgang Richard Mukabana from the University of Nairobi, one of the researchers.A first look inside the extreme #KindcadeFire plume from our Ka-band Doppler radar. After the trial in Zanzibar, they aim to publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals, they said, and hope to expand the approach across the continent.  Emergency law: A legal shield to protect Sisi?  The nature of the state of emergency requires it to be used only in a time of war, he said, but in Egypt people have been "punished to live in conditions like the country is at war". The liquid is made by Australian company Aquatain Products Pty Ltd, which says it is highly permeable to gases so does not prevent the water from being oxygenated. #CAwx #CAFires #SJSU @NSF_GEO pic.” Optum’s algorithm harbored this undetected bias despite its intentional exclusion of race.

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