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Panama: Genetically modified mosquitoes against dengue

Jan 28th 2014 at 11:45 PM

Thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes released to Panama in an effort to stop the spread of the virus that causes dengue fever, announced today the Health Ministry of the country. Dengue hemorrhagic fever is one of the tropical diseases that spreads very quickly in the world and, according to the World Health Organization recommends a "threat of a pandemic.

" It is estimated that nearly half the world's population is at risk to become ill. Though the virus has been detected even in Russia, Portugal and the U.S., the subtropical regions such as Panama are more at risk of an epidemic because of climates conducive to reproduction mosquitoes. The main body of the virus is sickening Egyptian, known by the name "tiger mosquito". Genetically modified mosquitoes carry genes that stop the reproduction cycle of the mosquito-tiger disrupting the reproductive capacity of the male mosquito. Visit our official web pageThe promoters of health services Panama hoping that releasing sufficient number of genetically modified mosquitoes, the descendants of which can not survive, the total population of mosquitoes will be reduced significantly. Mosquitoes will be released in three municipalities of the province Araichan, 18 km west of City of Panama. The residents of these areas were informed that the genetically modified mosquitoes do not pose a risk to their health because males do not feed on human blood, but with nectar. According to Nestor Sosa, director of the Institute of Health has undertaken to carry out the undertaking, the transgenic mosquitoes are not hazardous to the environment, such as sprays which usually authorities try to control the mosquito population.

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