An “Aedes aegypti” mosquito pictured at the Department of Medical Entomology at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo. Photo: Shinji Kasai via AFP
An “Aedes aegypti” mosquito pictured at the Department of Medical Entomology at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo. Photo: Shinji Kasai via AFP
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Asia’s super-resistant mutant mosquitoes swat away insecticides: ‘we have to think of a solution’

  • A team of Japanese scientists found mutations in mosquitoes from Cambodia and Vietnam that make some virtually impervious to popular insecticides
  • It’s sparked concern that new control methods need to be found before the mutations spread to mosquitoes elsewhere in the region – and the wider world

An “Aedes aegypti” mosquito pictured at the Department of Medical Entomology at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo. Photo: Shinji Kasai via AFP
An “Aedes aegypti” mosquito pictured at the Department of Medical Entomology at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo. Photo: Shinji Kasai via AFP
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