ICMR-VCRC develops special female mosquitoes to control Dengue, Chikungunya

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ICMR-Vector Control Research Centre has developed special female mosquitoes to control Dengue and Chikungunya.

  • Important facts

  • These female mosquitoes will mate with males and produce larvae that do not contain the virus.

  • Two colonies of Aedes aegypti have been developed by ICMR-VCRC, Puducherry. who are infected with wMel and wAlbB Wolbachia strains to reduce the spread of viral disease.

  • These are called Aedes aegypti (Pud).

  • After getting permission from the government, these female mosquitoes will be released outside so that they will form larvae that are free from the viruses of these diseases.

  • Mosquito-borne diseases

  • Malaria - This disease is caused by the bite of a female Anopheles mosquito.

  • Malaria fever is caused by a virus called Plasmodium vivax.

  • Dengue - Dengue virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito.

  • According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), dengue is the most widely spread disease by mosquitoes worldwide.

  • Chikungunya - Chikungunya, like dengue, is caused by the bite of the Aedes mosquito.

  • Yellow Fever - This disease is caused by the bite of a human from the Aedes mosquito, especially Aedes aegypti.

  • Yellow fever is caused by flavivirus.

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