GM mosquitoes can kill off dengue fever threat – Public Service Europe Article by Hadyn Parry

Tracy Thompson 10th October 2012 News, Oxitec in the news

Dengue fever is the most rapidly spreading mosquito-borne viral disease with up to 100 million cases every year, but GM mosquitoes can nullify the threat safely despite claims to the contrary – says company boss

Mosquito-borne diseases represent a continuing and, in some cases, a growing threat to human health. Relatively unknown in Europe, except to travellers, Dengue fever is the most rapidly spreading mosquito-borne viral disease with up to 100 million cases per year. The speed of growth of the disease is alarming. Despite the existence of pesticides and other interventions, dengue cases have gone up 30-fold in the last 50 years. Director General of the World Health Organisation Dr Margaret Chan sums it up neatly: “Today, dengue ranks as the most important mosquito-borne viral disease in the world.”

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