Fake cows help to reduce sleeping sickness and use of insecticides

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 29 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:711
  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. BMJ

    A new artificial cow is helping to eradicate the tsetse fly from parts of Africa, thereby reducing the incidence of sleeping sickness, which is transmitted by the pest.

    Although the fake cows do not look like cows (see picture right), they smell like them, attracting the flies with kairomones, a blend of chemicals emitted by one species …

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