Modified Mosquitoes Used To Contain Dengue Fever

From One America News Network

Brazilian scientists release the first batch of “modified mosquitoes” in an effort to contain the spread of dengue fever.

The scientists infected millions of mosquitoes with a bacteria, which prevents the insects from transmitting the disease to humans.

The Wolbachia bacteria blocks the dengue fever virus in mosquitoes, and is harmless to humans.

The government-backed initiative, undertaken by the Fiocruz Institute in Rio, is aimed at decreasing the number of human casualties from dengue fever.

The technology of mosquito-modification was developed in Australia.

Scientists hope the mosquito’s will disseminate the bacteria among the insect population.

Roughly one million mosquitoes will be released each week to start.

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