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Modified mosquitoes reduce dengue cases by 77% in Indonesia experiment

June 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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An experiment to infect mosquitoes with bacteria that stop them from transmitting viruses appears to have helped reduced the spread of deadly dengue virus in Indonesia, researchers reported Wednesday.

(CNN)An experiment to infect mosquitoes with bacteria that stop them from transmitting viruses appears to have helped reduced the spread of deadly dengue virus in Indonesia, researchers reported Wednesday.

The modified mosquitoes thrived for three years, and cases of dengue were reduced by 77% in areas where they were introduced, the researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dengue fever was diagnosed in 9. 4% of those living in areas with non-modified mosquitoes, and 2. 3% of people living in areas where the modified mosquitoes had been released.

"There have been very few randomized trials of interventions against the dengue mosquito," Dr. Katie Anders of the World Mosquito Program, which helped sponsor the trial, said in a statement.

As many as 400 million people get infected with dengue every year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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