Technology Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes May Get Rid Of Zika

08:50  21 april  2017
08:50  21 april  2017 Source:   International Business Times

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Officials from the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District are hoping to get rid of Zika with an unconventional method. The plan is to release male mosquitos infected with a bacteria in the hope the offspring of those mosquitos won't ever hatch.

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You probably wouldn't expect that releasing tens of thousands of mosquitos into the wild would help bring down the population, but that's exactly the approach Florida is taking.

Officials from the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District are hoping to get rid of Zika with an unconventional method. The plan is to release male mosquitos infected with a bacteria in the hope the offspring of those mosquitos won't ever hatch.

The Control District released 20,000 male mosquitoes earlier this week that were infected with natural Wolbachia bacteria on Stock Island as a trial to fight Zika and other diseases in the area, a Facebook post said. The mosquitoes came from MosquitoMate, a company in Kentucky that specializes in natural, non-GMO mosquito solutions.

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When female mosquitoes bite an infected animal or person, they become infected Another effort, funded partly by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, transfers a natural bacteria called of malaria, get rid of dengue fever, get rid of Zika virus, and the other diseases transported by mosquitoes .

In addition to developmental harms during pregnancy, persons of all ages infected with Zika may develop Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). Vector Control also routinely monitors the mosquito population and gets rid of mosquito breeding sites.

The idea is that the infected male mosquitoes will mate with female mosquiotes and the resulting mosquito offspring never make it to adulthood if they even hatch. Female mosquitoes are the only ones that bite, so if there are fewer mosqitoes in general, there will be fewer females that bite and transmit disease.

The use of Wolbachia-infected males is a trial for Florida. For the next three months, more insects will be released twice a week until 40,000 additional males have been added to the island. The trial is MosquitoMate's second, Stat reported. 

The hope is that this method will keep the mosquito population down and lower the rate of transmission for not only Zika, but other dangerous diseases mosquitos can carry. 

 

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