Lab mossies pass fever test

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

THEY still bite, but new re­search shows lab-grown mos­qui­toes are fight­ing dan­ger­ous dengue fever that they nor­mally would spread.

Dengue in­fec­tions ap­pear to be drop­ping fast in com­mu­ni­ties in many coun­tries in­clud­ing Aus­tralia that are buzzing with the spe­cially bred mos­qui­toes, an in­ter­na­tional re­search team re­ported yesterday. It’s the first ev­i­dence mos­qui­toes are less likely to spread dengue when they also carry a type of bac­te­ria that’s com­mon in in­sects.

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