Thousands of GMO Mosquitos Released in Djibouti To Eliminate Mosquitoes Causing Malaria

Date: 25-05-2024 6:33 am (3 weeks ago) | Author: kacy lee
- at 25-05-2024 06:33 AM (3 weeks ago)

Genetically engineered mosquitoes have been released in the tiny East African country of Djibouti to combat a surge in malaria infections caused by an invasive vector.

This initiative started on Thursday, comes as Djibouti, one of Africa’s smallest nations with just over a million residents, grapples with a dramatic increase in malaria cases, skyrocketing from just 27 in 2012 to more than 70,000 in recent years, according to the WHO. The health body attributes the spike to the arrival of Anopheles stephensi, an invasive Asian mosquito species that transmit the deadly disease.

The mosquito species has also been detected in Ethiopia and Somalia, Djibouti’s neighbors in the Horn of Africa, posing a significant regional threat.

Unlike most malaria-transmitting mosquitoes in Africa that breed in rural areas, Anopheles Stephensi thrives in urban environments, intensifying the public health challenge for predominantly urban Djibouti.

This mosquito poses a huge threat to our fight against malaria,” said Grey Frandsen, CEO of US-owned biotechnology firm Oxitec, which developed the gene-modified mosquitoes released in Djibouti.

“Anopheles stephensi evade conventional tools, are resistant to insecticides and daytime-biters, reducing the efficacy of bed nets,”
he said.

Posted: at 25-05-2024 06:33 AM (3 weeks ago) | Addicted Hero
- gogoman at 25-05-2024 10:08 AM (3 weeks ago)
don't worry the GMO will come back to bite una  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 25-05-2024 10:08 AM (3 weeks ago) | Grande Master
- fineboy77 at 25-05-2024 10:15 AM (3 weeks ago)

Posted: at 25-05-2024 10:15 AM (3 weeks ago) | Addicted Hero
- nikiniki at 26-05-2024 01:02 PM (3 weeks ago)
Proactive public health action in a small country. They see a problem and tackled it just like in Australia. But in west africa, we still could not completely eradicate malaria.
Posted: at 26-05-2024 01:02 PM (3 weeks ago) | Gistmaniac