China’s ‘mosquito factory’ aims to wipe out Zika, other diseases
Every week, scientists in southern China release 3 million bacteria-infected mosquitoes on a 3 km (two-mile) long island in a bid to wipe out diseases such as dengue, yellow fever and Zika.
The scientists inject mosquito eggs with wolbachia bacteria in a laboratory, then release infected male mosquitoes on the island on the outskirts of the city of Guangzhou.
The bacteria, which occurs naturally in about 28 percent of wild mosquitoes, causes infected males to sterilize the females they mate with.
“The aim is trying to suppress the mosquito density below the threshold which can cause disease transmission,” said Zhiyong Xi, who is director of the Sun Yat-sen University Centre of Vector Control for Tropical Diseases and pioneered the idea.
“There are hot spots,” Xi said. “This technology can be used at the beginning to target the hot spots … it will dramatically reduce disease transmission.”
Mosquito-borne diseases are responsible for more than one million deaths worldwide every year and Zika has become a concern for athletes at this year’s Olympic Games, which open in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
Some athletes, including the top four ranked male golfers, have declined to take part.
An outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil last year has spread through the Americas and beyond, with China confirming its first case in February.
China should invest in anti rape mosquitos and send them to India
what a joke
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india should copy this
good experiment, will China export this or give the bacteria for free
they are famous for spurious products
Do NOT let water stagnate anywhere close to where you live, however, if that does happen, all you have to do is spray vinegar, it will instantly kill the mosquitoes, their eggs and large too.
Electric mosquito rackets are best and cheapest. Everyone should buy one and do their part for society and themselves.
You”ve got to admire this totally different yet fantastic approach to solving the mosquito problem.
Is there any bacteria if that gets into Human males will sterilize females? Chinese might have done research on this as well.
If there is one area where there is congruence of interests it is this! India should learn this technology quickly or borrow it from China and wipe out the menace of mosquitoes.
Perhaps we could use the same technology to reduce human population.