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New Mosquito-killing drug ‘mimics a sweet treat’

Scientists have developed an insecticide that exploits a mosquito’s attraction to sweet substances and makes it believe it is drinking a sugary treat.

The drug is laced with chemicals that mimic the sweet smells that lure the insects.

It has been found to almost totally eradicate mosquitoes in the malaria-plagued Tanzanian villages where it has been trialled.

The drug, Vectrax, could bolster efforts to suppress malaria, Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases worldwide.

The Brazilian scientist who developed the drug, Agenor Mafra-Neto, says the aim was to make it affordable and get it distributed through UN and non-governmental aid agencies.

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