Mosquito birth control could stop the spread of a number of serious diseases, and the UN is about to try sterilising male insects using radiation and getting them to mate with female mosquitoes (above) to reduce the mosquito population. Photo: AlamyMosquito birth control could stop the spread of a number of serious diseases, and the UN is about to try sterilising male insects using radiation and getting them to mate with female mosquitoes (above) to reduce the mosquito population. Photo: Alamy
Mosquito birth control could stop the spread of a number of serious diseases, and the UN is about to try sterilising male insects using radiation and getting them to mate with female mosquitoes (above) to reduce the mosquito population. Photo: Alamy

Release of sterile mosquitoes planned to limit spread of dengue fever, Zika virus and other deadly diseases

  • Mosquito-borne viruses including dengue and Zika threaten half the world’s population
  • The UN is about to test the sterilisation of male insects by radiation to control numbers by preventing them from fertilising females’ eggs

Topic |   Wellness
Mosquito birth control could stop the spread of a number of serious diseases, and the UN is about to try sterilising male insects using radiation and getting them to mate with female mosquitoes (above) to reduce the mosquito population. Photo: AlamyMosquito birth control could stop the spread of a number of serious diseases, and the UN is about to try sterilising male insects using radiation and getting them to mate with female mosquitoes (above) to reduce the mosquito population. Photo: Alamy
Mosquito birth control could stop the spread of a number of serious diseases, and the UN is about to try sterilising male insects using radiation and getting them to mate with female mosquitoes (above) to reduce the mosquito population. Photo: Alamy
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