Anti-Malarial Fashion Statement
Specially treated mosquito nets may be effective at combating malarial infections, but their protection is limited because they are primarily used over beds as users sleep. Now, fashion designers have come to the rescue with wearable protection.
At Cornell University, Matilda Ceesay—a fashion major from Gambia—and Frederick Ochanda—a post-doctoral fiber scientist from Kenya—have developed a colorful hooded bodysuit that takes the mosquito net concept to the next level.
The key to the anti-malarial garment is binding the mosquito-repelling chemicals to the mesh fabric at the nanolevel, so the fabric can hold three times more insecticide than normal nets.
Source: Cornell University, www.cornell.edu.
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