Bill Gates Unleashes Mosquitoes

At the TED Conference Bill Gates opened a glass jar of mosquitoes and let them fly, saying there’s no reason only poor people should be infected.

Moments later he explained the mosquitoes really weren’t carrying the malaria parasite, but the point was made.

A couple of thoughts. First,  let’s hear it for Bill Gates for finding another way to bring attention to the fight against this disease. I didn’t see the feeds on Twitter or other instant media today because I was working. But I saw coverage on NBC national news this evening. Gates got significant coverage. Good job.

Second, the story was first told on Twitter from the conference by someone in attendance.  It’s a measure of the value of instant access and the buzz it created spread quickly.

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