Dengue fever: Upstaged but not outmatched by COVID-19

C. E. Baclig,  INQUIRER.NET,  2021.

Science has made gains in the war on dengue and other diseases that mosquitoes carry, like malaria.One of these is the World Mosquito Program (WMP), a non-profit initiative that aims to protect the global community from mosquito-borne viral diseases, by deploying a natural bacteria, called Wolbachia. On its website, WMP said its scientists had discovered that Aedis aegypti mosquitoes carry Wolbachia, a bacteria which competes with viruses like dengue, zika, chikungunya, and the virus that causes yellow fever. Wolbachia, WMP said, was found to make it difficult for viruses to reproduce inside mosquitoes. Mosquitoes carrying Wolbachia, WPS said, “are much less likely to spread viruses from person to person.” Wolbachia is found in 60 percent of insects but is not normally carried by Aedis aegypti mosquitoes. So scientists injected the bacteria into mosquito eggs. Once these hatches and send off grown mosquitoes, they are released to breed with local mosquito populations.


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