Recent technology and medical tactics are joining forces in hopes to wipe out the Malaria disease completely. With hundreds of millions going into the fight against the deadly disease, it only makes sense that now technology is playing a major role in the fight. Traps which can detect and track mosquitos flight pattern can help detect which mosquitos are carrying the deadly disease and which are not. Not only do they detect the movements of the mosquitos, they capture them in 3D, which helps determine their height, rapid movement and flight path.
These mosquitos can be detected as hungry or not based on their flight pattern when entering a funnel which detects if the mosquito is flying erratically in search of food, or flying normally. These traps which are set up to analyze the flight direction of the mosquitos use human odor and heat to inspect the bugs pattern.
When these tests are being conducted, in certain scenarios, the mosquito would have wind against it in the trap in order to see the persistence of the deadly mosquito and the lengths it would go in order to get its food. When the mosquito was faced with no wind, no human odor or heat, it seemed to go on its route normally on an upward angle while in flight. Although, when human odor was added, the difference between between the having no odor in the trap and a trap with odor was outstanding. The odor trap had the mosquito going haywire. It flew in an eccentric manner and flew directly towards the odor area of the trap.
Likewise, when the trap was enclosed with human odor as well as heat, it was obvious the results came out the way they did. The mosquito went bizerk and even with the wind, they trekked their way to the source of the odor and heat. In the diagram on the right, you can see the path of the mosquitos and how they change due to frequency in odor, heat and wind placed in the funnels.
In 2013 alone, mosquitos with the deadly strain have killed over 500,000 humans, generally located in the subsaharien region of Africa. Even though Malaria related deaths are down 47% since 2000, they are still killing half a million people who are not able to get treated. This technology and medicine has donors hopeful that with the help of the world, we can eliminate Malaria for good.
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