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Israeli Company Targeting Zika at Its Source

Mosquito (photo: wikimedia/public domain)

As the world’s athletes prepare to descend on Rio for the Summer Olympics this August, concern is rising about the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Zika disease can cause fever, rash, joint pain, and, most troubling, birth defects in babies born to infected women.

While officials in Rio and medical professionals around the world are seeking to stop the spread of Zika, one Israeli company is focusing more on the source.

Israel21c reports:

The “green” Israeli company Biofeed, specializing in the development and production of environmentally friendly pesticide solutions since 2005, believes the focus should be on eliminating the primary factor: the mosquito.

“Biofeed’s groundbreaking approach can control any mosquito-borne disease,” CEO Nimrod Israely tells ISRAEL21c.

“Everybody is looking for a vaccination against Zika virus but we should keep in mind that the same mosquito that transmits Zika is also transmitting other viruses as well. What we’re aiming to do is to control a vector, the mosquito itself.”

Biofeed’s Slow Fluid Release (SFR) technology employs a liquid mixture of lures and additives to manipulate insect behavior by attract-and-kill or attract-and-feed methods. . . .

“The company has developed a liquid formula that ‘knows’ how to tie different kinds of smells to other materials, as the need arises. The result is a special ‘decoy’ that draws the target insect through smell. The decoy is slow-released from a hanging device over the course of a year. The insect is drawn to the decoy, feeds off it and is eliminated.”

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