PREMIUMModified mosquitoes bring much hope in dengue-endemic Indonesia

first_imgLinkedin Topics : Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Google In Indonesia, where dengue remains endemic, recent trial results suggesting that releasing mosquitoes carrying a certain bacteria could lead to a 77 percent reduction of dengue cases have brought much hope.Researchers from the World Mosquito Program (WMP) of Australia’s Monash University, along with Indonesian partner Gadjah Mada University (UGM), have deployed Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes in Yogyakarta as part of a randomized controlled trial that started in 2017.Wolbachia is a bacterium that competes with viruses like dengue, making it harder for viruses to reproduce inside mosquitoes, thus reducing their ability to transmit dengue to humans. The bacteria naturally exists in 60 percent of insect species, but not in Aedes aegypti, the main transmitter of dengue and several other viruses.The researchers announced recently that the trial results had shown “a 77 per… Facebook #dengue dengue dengue-fever Wolbachia-carrying-mosquitoes mosquito health #health #COVID19 COVID-19last_img

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