Dominican Republic to fight Zika virus by sterilizing mosquitoes 

mosquito-transmite-dengue-y-zikaThe Dominican government announced it will fight zika and dengue by zapping millions of male mosquitoes with gamma rays to sterilize them and stop the spread of those diseases.

Energy and Mines minister Antonio Isa Conde said Friday that Dominican technicians recently participated in a training program to learn how to fight the Aedes Aegypti mosquito through a birth control method that sterilizes male mosquitoes.

The technique was provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency and has already been implemented in Brazil, where sterile males were released into target areas to mate with wild females who will lay eggs that produce no offspring.

For original article, see http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2016/3/19/58649/Dominican-Republic-to-fight-zika-dengue-by-sterilizing-mosquitoes

Also see related articles in Spanish: http://lademajagua.cu/laboratorio-chino-esteriliza-mosquitos-para-combatir-dengue-y-virus-del-zika/ and http://www.listindiario.com/la-republica/2016/03/06/410524/ofrecen-tecnicas-para-esterilizar-a-mosquito-transmite-dengue-y-zika

One thought on “Dominican Republic to fight Zika virus by sterilizing mosquitoes 

  1. Well this is news. Species annihilation to prevent the transmission of the Zika virus. Funny, I don’t remember them (DR, IAEA, Brazil) asking for our permission to ‘terminate’ an entire species from the planet. The ‘closest’ we came to species annihilation was in the late Cretaceous when we got in the way of some rather large space rock. But the lizards came back and clearly they are here to stay. This ain’t gonna end well! Peace.

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