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Old 22nd November 2019, 10:53 PM   #1
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Dengue Cases Drop After Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes Released

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Mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria and released into the wild are associated with a sharp decrease in dengue fever infections in humans, scientists reported Thursday (November 21) at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s annual meeting.
https://www.the-scientist.com/news-o...released-66772

Personally I think this is amazing. According to the article "In North Queensland, Australia, there has been a 96 percent reduction in dengue infections following the introduction of bacteria-infected mosquitoes in 2011." The drop was less dramatic but still very significant in other places where the studies were conducted (again to quote the article "There has also been a 76 percent decrease in Indonesia, a 70 percent decrease in Brazil, and a similar decrease in Vietnam, according to STAT and the AP.")
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Old 23rd November 2019, 03:28 AM   #2
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That is great news.
And unlike insecticides, it won't poison the birds that feed on mosquitoes.
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Old 24th November 2019, 10:40 AM   #3
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But will they catch the autism!?
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Old 24th November 2019, 01:24 PM   #4
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Doesn't matter. Oxytocin will cure them: Blocking oxytocin causes birds to sing solitary tunes (Spectrum News, Nov. 5, 2018)
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Old 1st February 2020, 07:37 PM   #5
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Here is another approach:
Mosquitoes engineered to repel dengue virus

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Scientists have synthetically engineered mosquitoes that halt the transmission of the dengue virus. Biologists developed a human antibody for dengue suppression in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the insects that spread dengue. The development marks the first engineered approach in mosquitoes that targets the four known types of dengue, improving upon previous designs that addressed single strains.
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Old 1st February 2020, 11:54 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Puppycow View Post
Will this work for Meringue Fever?

http://www.internationalskeptics.com...3&postcount=53


Whaaaat? You would have been disappointed if I hadn't taken that ...
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Old 2nd February 2020, 06:43 AM   #7
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Not to be confused with Merengue Fever!
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