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US researchers develop mosquito-resistant clothing

Jul 16, 2021
US researchers develop mosquito-resistant clothing

Carolina (USA)

Researchers at the North Carolina State University, USA, have developed insecticide-free, mosquito-resistant clothing using textile materials. The clothing is said to be bite-proof and has passed the experiment of live mosquitoes. According to the report generated by the researchers, that they were able to prevent 100% bites when a volunteer tried this piece of clothing in a case with 200 live mosquitoes.

The patent rights and intends to make clothing for commercial sale in the United States has been licensed by Vector Textiles, an NC State start-up company. The researchers feel that such clothing can prevent the spread of diseases caused by mosquitoes like dengue fever and yellow fever.

According to Andre West, associate professor, fashion and textile design, NC State, the fabric is great and will work. This is the best thing that the team has discovered. He also said that it’s a revolutionary idea that the mosquito can be prevented to push through the fabric.

According to Kun Luan, clothing can be used in different ways. The main idea is to have a sample that will cover the garments, he added. The researchers will test the accuracy of their model which is predicted to be bite-proof. When the live experiment was conducted, the researchers surrounded a blood reservoir with plastic materials and then counted the number of mosquitoes that came in contact with the blood. In another test, the researchers picked up a series of knitted and woven fabrics that met the bite-proof parameters. Later the numbers of bites received by the volunteers were tested. As per Michael Roe, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Entomology, NC State, the final garment was 100% bite-resistant.

Source – Science Blog

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