UN to test impact of mosquito sterilisation on disease spread

The UN said Thursday it was preparing to test a sterilisation technique targeting mosquitoes that could help rein in the…

The UN said Thursday it was preparing to test a sterilisation technique targeting mosquitoes that could help rein in the spread of a range of devastating diseases such as dengue and Zika.

A form of insect “birth control”, called Sterile Insect Technique (SIT), has been used for decades to control crop-killing pests like fruit flies and moths.

Now it is being evaluated in a species of mosquito as a potential key tool in halting the spread of human diseases.

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