There’s new hope in the fight against the Zika virus with the creation of a new strain of mosquito which scientists say could reduce the risk of spreading dengue fever and Zika virus to humans.
The Aedes aegypti strain has been infected with 2 types of bacterium that could minimise the risk of spreading the diseases to humans.
According to Professor Cameron Simmons from the Peter Doherty Institute at the University of Melbourne the strain of mosquito has proven more effective at blocking dengue fever than singly-infected insects.
While we have a lot of mosquitoes here in Australia, Zika virus and Dengue fever aren’t such big threats here, but it still helps to be prepared. Make sure you have your insect screens fitted.