Unleashing 20 Million Mosquitoes to Fight Zika

Unleashing 20 Million Mosquitoes to Fight Zika

July 18, 2017

Mosquito Aedes aegypti

A Google company is unleashing in California 20 million mosquitoes, to fight Zika.

20 million mosquitoes will be released in Fresno, California, over the next 20 weeks, in order to fight mosquito-borne diseases, including Zika.

Above, Aedes aegypti, a common vector of dengue fever and yellow fever. Credit wikimedia

Scientists will raise and then release a batch of sterile male mosquitoes, each treated with the bacterium Wolbachia.

This procedure will block the replication of mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika, stopping the spread of disease to humans.

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via fortune


By | 2017-07-18T11:18:19+00:00 Jul 18, 2017|Categories: Animals|

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