Location: Mosquito and Fly Research
Project Number: 6036-32000-050-65-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement
Start Date: Nov 1, 2016
End Date: Sep 30, 2018
Develop wearable functional micro-dispensers to contain substances that protect individuals from mosquito bites.
This research will be conducted in a semi-field environment at MFRU/CMAVE to establish the level at which W-CRDs protect from mosquito bites. Devices will be tested semi-field enclosures that contain mosquitoes to ascertain the level at which the system prevents mosquitoes bites. The source of devices will be from GearJump Technologies. The ultimate objective is to conduct a study on using human volunteers using Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved study protocol. Volunteers will wear devices and will measure the mosquito bites when protected by devices and when not protected (controls). The efficacy of the system will be based on the percentage reduction in mosquito bites. Studies are intended to be tested against multiple strains of mosquitoes to determine if the strain affects the outcome of the experiments. Until the IRB is approved studies will be conducted against mosquitoes confined in screen pouches placed at various distances and heights from an array of activated W-CRDs. Chemical analysis of the devices will be conducted by the Natick Soldier Center. The final report is used by the United States Army to determine if this system functions to prevent bites and if it does, to determine the duration of this protection.