Renowned US tech companies are applying robotics and automation to prevent Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases. This is indeed an unprecedented strategy to prevent the ghastly maladies. It may be recalled in this context, the Zika outbreak recorded in Brazil back in 2015 left thousands of children, if not more, suffering from various irreversible birth defects. According to experts, India ranks high on the radar for Zika virus contamination. Thus, the move in fighting the malady is expected to be a boon for the nation.
To bring in technology to fight against the mosquito-borne diseases, Microsoft – the multinational technology company based in Redmond – has already made the first move. It has entered into a partnership with various public health offices across the states to test its range of high-tech tools. Verily – the renowned life sciences company based in California – too has been reported to follow in Microsoft’s footsteps.
Furthermore, a team of scientists from Microsoft is busy testing a smart trap to capture Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes – the culprit for carrying Zika viruses. On the other hand, Verily is working on a project of sterilizing male mosquitoes to prevent multiplication of the species.
These innovative approaches may take several years to get streamlined and more effective. However, according to experts in the field, there is much to appreciate about the fresh air to vector control that these private players are bringing. An associate professor of entomology at the University of California, Anandasankar Ray, described this development in as many as words, “It’s exciting when technology companies come on board. Their approach to a biological challenge is to engineer a solution.”