Lab-bred mosquitoes to fly near Miami to help combat Zika

Thousands of bacteria-infected mosquitoes will be flying near Miami to test a new way to suppress insect populations that carry Zika and other viruses.

According to a statement from the Kentucky-based company MosquitoMate, the first mosquitoes will be released in the city of South Miami. The test is in collaboration with the Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control and Habitat Management Division.

MosquitoMate infects male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes with the naturally occurring Wolbachia bacteria. Any offspring produced when the lab-bred mosquitoes mate with wild female mosquitoes won’t survive to adulthood.

Male mosquitoes don’t bite, and Wolbachia isn’t harmful to humans.

FOLLOW THE LINK FOR THE FULL REPORT – JR

https://www.yahoo.com/news/lab-bred-mosquitoes-fly-near-miami-help-combat-092143192.html

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