Some British scientists who are part of the Oxitec company are bound to develop mutated mosquitoes which will be able to fight against Zika carrying insects. The Aedes aegypti will be combated by a new species which is genetically modified to block the attack of dangerous mosquitoes. The mosquitoes carrying Zika are also responsible for transmitting diseases like chikungunya, dengue, and yellow fever.
The Oxitec’s factory is situated in Piracicaba, in the Northwest area of Sao Paulo. This laboratory can produce sixty million mutated mosquitoes every week. Hadyn Parry, who is the president of Oxitec, has argued that this factory is the first one in the world to generate genetically modified mosquitoes.
This particular treatment will be used to combat the Zika infection which attacked Brazil. For the moment, the only Brazilian customer is Piracicaba. The president had already promoted his factory to many other authority officials who will soon express their request for this type of treatment.
Before producing large numbers of mutated mosquitoes, Oxitec had first tested them. Between 2011 and 2014, the field tests conducted in Cayman Islands, Panama, and Bahia proved that the number of Aedes aegypti has declined to approximately 90%. The genetically mutated mosquitoes helped to eradicate the threatening diseases carried by those terrible mosquitoes.
Oxitec is still waiting for the approval of the Brazilian health authorities known as Anvisa. Unfortunately, there were not developed epidemiological researches meant to accurately determine whether the decline of the diseases transmitted by mosquitoes is due to the mutant insects released by Oxitec.
The president of the factory has asserted that he together with his team do not have reasons to worry. They predict that the Anvisa’s approval will be granted in 2017. Even if there are no explicit and palpable proofs for this kind of treatment, the factory has closed a four-year-agreement with the mayor of Piracicaba for $1.1 million.
The company is prone to deliver about ten million genetically mutated mosquitoes every week, for the benefit of the population counting 360,000 people. The authorities from those areas have expressed their desperate need to use this insect control treatment, as summer approaches the southern hemisphere.
The population of the Zika mosquitoes will suddenly increase. Thus, they need Oxitec’s help to avoid the infection with several types of dangerous illnesses.
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