Sunlight activates radical approach to dengue eradication

Article written by Vicki Marshall

Researchers in Brazil have created floating blocks that could be added to stagnant water to suppress the transmission of dengue fever.

The floating bricks support an iron oxide catalyst

Over 40% of the world’s population is thought to be at risk from dengue, according to World Health Organization estimates. It is spread through the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito and symptoms include high fever, joint pain and vomiting.

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A photocatalytic process for the eradication of dengue through ˙OH generation in the presence of sunlight and iron oxide
G. V. Pereira, V. A. Freitas, H. S. Oliveira, L. C. A. Oliveira and  J. C. Belchior 
RSC Adv., 2014,4, 63650-63654
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA13435D

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