Florida Releases 1000’s of Lab Infected Mosquitoes to ‘Fight Zika’
The state of Florida has released thousands of mosquitoes this week in an effort to fight Zika. You might be thinking, “is Zika still ‘a thing?'” The answer would be, they are trying, seriously trying.
The released mosquitoes are infected with a bacteria known as Wolbachia. While that name sounds as though it is derived straight from a Star Wars movie, scientist claim that once the female Aedes aegypti female mosquitoes (Zika carriers) is infected with this bacteria, it can’t hatch eggs. And thus, the population would stop growing.
So yes, thousands of their male counterparts have been released as an experimental trial all over the Florida Keys. And all of them have been injected with the bacteria prior to being released. So yes, these are lab altered mosquitoes flying around your beach towels.
According to CNN.
As explained in a presentation by the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, when these infected male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes mate with female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the eggs she produces won’t hatch, thus they can’t reproduce. The result, they hope, will be a reduced or eliminated population of female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and the viruses they spread, including Zika virus.
“A successful trial with the Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes could mean the availability of a new tool in the fight against the Aedes aegypti mosquito for not only our District, but for Mosquito Control Districts around the country,” said Andrea Leal, executive director for the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District.
Feels strange, right? Zika doesn’t even seem to be of an issue anymore. Yet here we are with the CDC pushing a narrative. And though the justification remains that they are trying to be preventative, a more curious person might feel as though they are attempting to create a new “outbreak.” Can we trust that this won’t just result in new breeding? Remember, it is being called a trial experiment.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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