Mosquitoes injected with a natural bacterium called Wolbachia, which hinders the insect’s ability to transmit viruses including dengue, were released to breed and infect local populations in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in a recently concluded trial. Photo: Getty Images/EyeEm Mosquitoes injected with a natural bacterium called Wolbachia, which hinders the insect’s ability to transmit viruses including dengue, were released to breed and infect local populations in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in a recently concluded trial. Photo: Getty Images/EyeEm
Mosquitoes injected with a natural bacterium called Wolbachia, which hinders the insect’s ability to transmit viruses including dengue, were released to breed and infect local populations in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in a recently concluded trial. Photo: Getty Images/EyeEm
Disease

The end of dengue fever? Mosquito experiment in Indonesia sees huge reduction in cases

  • Recently concluded trial that involved mosquitoes with an inhibited ability to transmit viruses saw dengue cases drop 77 per cent after two years
  • World Mosquito Programme says the method has great potential for cities across Asia and Latin America and aims to reach 75 million people in five years

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Mosquitoes injected with a natural bacterium called Wolbachia, which hinders the insect’s ability to transmit viruses including dengue, were released to breed and infect local populations in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in a recently concluded trial. Photo: Getty Images/EyeEm Mosquitoes injected with a natural bacterium called Wolbachia, which hinders the insect’s ability to transmit viruses including dengue, were released to breed and infect local populations in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in a recently concluded trial. Photo: Getty Images/EyeEm
Mosquitoes injected with a natural bacterium called Wolbachia, which hinders the insect’s ability to transmit viruses including dengue, were released to breed and infect local populations in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in a recently concluded trial. Photo: Getty Images/EyeEm
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