Virus-resistant mosquitoes to be unleashed in Colombia, Brazil

A view of Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae infected with the Wolbachia bacteriumGovernments and philanthropists on Wednesday announced an $18 million plan to release mosquitoes resistant to Zika, dengue and other viruses in urban areas of Colombia and Brazil. The program aims to boost mosquito-control efforts by using Wolbachia bacteria beginning next year, following the alarming spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which can cause devastating birth defects. Wolbachia occurs naturally in 60 percent of insects, but not mosquitoes.

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