Queensland mosquito trial has saved us from zika virus

Australian scientists are preparing for an international expansion of a program, already hailed as a saviour in Townsville, that stops mosquitoes passing on viruses such as dengue and zika. The Eliminate Dengue project has received more $18 million from global donors, including the Gates Foundation and the United States Government, to carry out work in Colombia and Brazil. Researchers have been working on the program for the past decade, with field trials taking place in Cairns and Townsville. They have been releasing mosquitoes infected with a bacteria called wolbachia, which stops the transmission of viruses such as dengue and zika.…
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