Kite Patch: A tiny secret weapon to battle an even tinier foe


With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and an enormous outpouring of online donations through Indiegogo, Olfactor Labs have discovered a unique way to disable the mosquito's ability to track their red-blooded victims.

They call it the Kite Patch. The product is a tiny patch that sticks to your clothes and provides mosquito relief for up to 48 hours. The patch could quickly become a major deterrent in the fight against mosquito-carrying diseases like malaria, which claim more than 600,000 lives a year in places like Africa, Asia and South America.

The product uses non-toxic chemicals that target the CO2 receptors of the tiny blood sucker, confusing the bugs and making you practically invisible to mosquitoes.

Here in Southern California, there has been a rise in reports of West Nile Virus. Health officials have identified 13 human cases this year alone, with one death. A product like the Kite Patch could be the summer relief that you've been looking for.

On a special assignment, ABC7 intern Zach Cumer talks to the bright minds behind the biting new discovery.

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