A program to combat mosquito-borne diseases will soon be published in the USA. The latter actually consists of the release of two billion genetically modified mosquitoes in certain regions of the Florida and in Californiato United State. The program was designed by a British technology company Oxitecwho provided the information this week.
Reducing the rate of mosquito-borne diseases
According to the latter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted them their approval to release mosquitoes into the wild. More specifically, male mosquitoes have been modified to give birth, along with female mosquitoes, to sterile insects. This will therefore reduce the rate of mosquito-borne diseases, but will also control the local mosquito population.
In a press release, the company’s president OxitecAnd the Gray FrancesHe expressed his satisfaction by saying: “Our team is extremely proud to receive another important approval from the Environmental Protection Agency. This expansion of our efforts in the United States reflects the strong partnerships we have developed with a wide range of stakeholders at the local, state, and national levels.”. As a reminder, this is not the first time that a program aimed at combating mosquito-borne diseases has been published. In 2019, the malaria control program was named target malaria Take a test in Burkina Faso. 1Verse July, the program first introduced 6000 genetically modified mosquitoes, in banain the southeast of the country.