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Google, Microsoft's new mission: How to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes

Majority of Zika cases reported in US so far are from travellers who contracted the virus elsewhere

Reuters 

American technology companies are bringing automation and robotics to the age-old task of battling mosquitoes in a bid to halt the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne maladies worldwide. Firms including Microsoft Corp and California life sciences company Verily are forming partnerships with public health officials in several US states to test new high-tech tools. In Texas, Microsoft is testing a smart trap to isolate and capture Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, known Zika carriers, for study by entomologists to give them a jump on predicting outbreaks. Verily, ...

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First Published: Thu, July 13 2017. 09:17 IST
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