BUZZ OFF Florida residents blast pest control ‘TERRORISTS’ over plans to unleash a BILLION mutant mosquitoes in the Keys

J. Bentley-York,  The SUN,  2021.

The areas Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) are set to release the gene hacked ‘fraken-squitoes’ in a bid to fight insect-borne viruses like yellow fever. A BILLION mutant mosquitoes are set to be released in the Keys to fight insect-borne viruses like yellow fever Florida pest control chiefs have been branded “terrorists” over the plans. The trial is set to begin this week, seeing a first phase of up to 144,000 modified mosquitoes released over the next 12 weeks. The project aims to reduce the numbers of Aedes aegypti species which are known for carrying diseases including dengue, chikungunya, zika and yellow fever. The male mosquitoes, developed by British biotech company Oxitect, do not bite, and will be introduced in small areas in a select number of neighborhoods in the Monroe area. However, Florida residents are calling on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to end “this live experiment” as they blasted the organisation as “terrorists.” Barry Wray of the Florida Keys Environmental Coalition said: “People here in Florida do not consent to the genetically engineered mosquitoes or to being human experiments.”

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