However, chemists at BASF have designed a chemical that kills this parasite. When applied to stagnant water in which insects breed Abate ® kills larvae before they develop into mature insects and prevents insect population from returning. In Africa, Guinea worm cases have reduced since 1986 by using Abate ® larvicide. This efficient water treatment product kills insect larvae and makes contaminated sources safe again.
Killing these dangerous parasites means a substantial change in African mortality rates. Just another wonderful use of Chemistry.