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Thursday, September 30, 1999 Published at 07:46 GMT 08:46 UK

World: Europe

New anti-mosquito chemical discovered

Scientist in Britain say they've discovered a way to lure disease-carrying Culex mosquitoes away from their victims without the use of a spray.

The Culex mosquito carries a virus which affects about fifteen million people in Africa.

Called filariasis, it disfigures its victims.

Now researchers have found a cheap way to produce a chemical which can be used to lure the mosquitoes from populated areas.

A method has been devised to extract the chemical from the seeds of an ornamental plant known as Summer Cypress, and the British research institute involved is looking to transfer the technology to Africa to fight filariasis.

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