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Zanzibar tests fighting malaria with drones

Accepted submission by rigrig mailto:soylentnews@tubul.net at 2019-11-08 13:09:28
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Zanzibar tests drones spraying rice fields to fight malaria [miamiherald.com]

For the first time drones are being tested to help fight malaria on the island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania.

The drones will spray a silicone-based liquid [aquatain.com] on rice paddies, where there are large expanses of stagnant water where malaria-carrying mosquitoes lay their eggs. The substance will spread across the water and prevent the eggs from hatching. It is hoped this will significantly reduce the numbers of the malaria-carrying anopheles mosquitoes in the area.

The spraying by drones is a test to see if it will help the government of Zanzibar reach its goal of eliminating malaria on the archipelago by 2023, according to the strategic plan adopted by Zanzibar Malaria Elimination Program.

This seems to be a step up from just tracking the mosquitoes [theconversation.com] using drones.

(DJI press release [mynewsdesk.com])


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