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Brazil will release billions of lab-grown mosquitoes to combat infectious disease. Will it work?
 

Brazil will release billions of lab-grown mosquitoes to combat infectious disease. Will it work?

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Desperate health officials are investing in new control strategies, but the evidence–and the economics–are still hazy
 
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16 Oct 2016 - General
 
Jemelyn Mae Sodusta Mahmoud AbdelAziz Theekshana Abayawickrama Marinelle Castro Thank you all for your comments and it is really helpful not only for countries like ...
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To your question Madhubabu kaaja if this will work, just like the others we are all hopeful that this will work to prevent people from getting infected, sick and dying. It is also stated that Aedes aegypti is an invasive species where it will not do bad in our nature. And there are dozens of other mosquito species in the region that don't bite humans and it won't affect the environment. It is actually bene...
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I am very hopeful about this and I remain optimistic about the positive effects of these efforts. I have read a classic environmental book about the use of pesticides and the biologic effect of chemicals. Its entitled, "Silent spring" by Rachel Carson. In that book she elaborated that pesticides are not cost-effective in eradicating insect-borne illness because of eventually mosquitos will compensate by having stronger defense mechanisms to fight off the effects of the chemical. She su...
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Brazil was among the pioneers in adopting Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, best known as the BTI bacteria to kill the larval stages of flies and mosquitoes. This discovery appeared to be a huge success and from what I have heard, cases of dengue plummeted in the Brazilian region after releasing of this bacteria to the environment. A few years ago my country also imported BTI from Brazil to fight the mosquito problem here but it did not progress properly. This new step, using mosquitoes to fig...
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The most deadly animal in the world is the mosquito. According to the World Health Organization, mosquito bites result in the deaths of more than 1 million people every year. The majority of these deaths are due to malaria. Pesticides used to be one of the main ways to fight the mosquitoes. However, pesticides aren't all that effective against A. aegypti. Breeding site removal is a very effective tactic too but there are regions always humid and wet due to the climate characteristics. The ne...
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