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Aug 22, 2019
9:36AM

Bangladesh considers 'mosquito fights mosquito technique' for Dengue Control

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Bangladesh considering 'mosquito fights mosquito technique' for Dengue Control. Bangladesh is studying the feasibility of applying Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) to control the dengue outbreak. A press release issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said  that a team of experts from WHO-FAO and IAEA arrived in Dhaka on Wednesday for a three day meeting  to discuss the feasibility of this technique.

In the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) radiation sterilised male mosquitoes are released in areas with dengue causing female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes turning them infertile. This is an environmentally friendly method to control mosquitoes as no pesticide is used.

This breakthrough technique has been tested successfully at two sites in Guangzhou in China.
Bangladesh has been in the grip of an unprecedented dengue outbreak this year. Close to 58,000 people have been being infected with dengue so far.

Official death toll due to dengue is 47. Though fresh dengue cases are showing a declining trend over the last few days, government has been keen to find out a lasting solution to the problem.

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