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.
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.
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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