How the stink of a waterbuck could prevent sleeping sickness in Kenya

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from Guardian
Published on 15 Jan 2013 View Original

A collar worn by livestock containing animal odour repellent to the tsetse fly could transform the lives of farmers in Kenya.

The tsetse fly, found in 37 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, can be a curse for smallholder farmers and their families. The flies carry the trypanosome parasite that can cause sleeping sickness in humans and nagana in livestock. But a group of scientists in Nairobi is developing a powerful insect repellent using the stench of waterbucks, a type of large antelope.

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