Waterbuck-Scented Cologne Can Protect Cows From Tsetse Fly Bites

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Atlas Obscura

October 18, 2017

SLEEPING SICKNESS CAN BE A DEVASTATING DISEASE for humans throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and animals can also be infected by the protozoan parasites. In cows, the disease is known as nagana. Scientists around the world have been working on ways to thwart tsetse flies, which spread the disease when they bite animals and people. Now, a report in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases describes a new way for cattle to avoid these potentially deadly fly bites, by tricking tsetse flies into thinking cows aren’t cows at all.

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