Ra­di­a­tion

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Male mos­qui­toes are ir­ra­di­ated to make them ster­ile. Re­cent field tri­als have been done in Italy and on Réu­nion Is­land, a French pos­ses­sion in the In­dian Ocean. The method has been used to com­bat fruit flies and other pests.

Ad­van­tages

The UN’s atomic agency of­fers tech­nol­ogy and train­ing free of charge to gov­ern­ments.

Draw­backs

No fa­cil­i­ties ex­ist in Zika-af­fected ar­eas. Ra­di­a­tion must be cal­i­brated to avoid leav­ing mos­qui­toes too weak to mate.

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