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‘Miraculous’ mosquito hack cuts dengue by 77%

Scientists have found a new technique that could groundbreaking 77% of the dengue mosquito.

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Scientists have found a new technique that could groundbreaking 77% of the dengue mosquito.

They used mosquitoes infected with “miraculous” bacteria that reduce the insect’s ability to spread dengue. Indonesia undertook a trial to eradicate the roots of the virus. The World Mosquito Programme team says it could be a solution to a virus that has gone around the world.

Dengue has been spreading like an epidemic for 50 years and scientists now have reached to climax. In 1970, only nine countries had faced severe dengue outbreaks, now there are up to 400 million infections a year.

Dengue is commonly known as “break-bone fever” because it causes severe pain in muscles and bones and explosive outbreaks can overwhelm hospitals. The trial used mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria.

The results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed a 77% reduction in cases and an 86% reduction in people needing hospital care when the insects were released. The technique has been so successful the mosquitoes have been released across the whole city and the project is moving to surround areas to eradicate dengue in the region.

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