Scientists in Australia have managed to wipe out more than 80 percent of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, known for carrying Zika virus, in a field experiment, by rendering the male mosquitoes impotent.
The infectious disease is re-emerging at a time when the country is in the throes of an economic crisis, threatening to overwhelm a crippled health care system. The number of reported cases increased 40 percent or more in the last year In Caracas.
International health groups campaign on infectious diseases such as Ebola, malaria and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. But the region has a rapidly growing number of people with cancer — and most seem to have been left to their fate.
The discovery of bacteria which resists last resort antibiotics has been cause for concern as it may mean routine infections could become impossible to treat.
Brazilian researchers say mosquito bacteria species known as Wolbachia considerably reduces transmission of Zika virus.
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