No, we don’t believe this to be practical or indeed possible. Aedes aegypti originates from Africa and has spread around the world largely through human transport (sea freight, airplanes etc.) and now infests urban areas right across the world. Our method is a self-limiting one – it does not spread or persist in the environment which means it has a light ecological footprint. Because of that, an insect population can recover if the control is not maintained. In some isolated areas, say, for example, an island, we believe it will be possible to eliminate the mosquito, but vigilance will be needed to ensure it doesn’t return. So monitoring for the insect is an important part of any public health programme.
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