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12 November 2010

Mutant mosquitoes fight dengue fever

Scientists have released genetically modified mosquitoes in an experiment to fight dengue fever in the Cayman Islands, British experts said.

Scientists have released genetically modified mosquitoes in an experiment to fight dengue fever in the Cayman Islands, British experts said.

Dengue is a potentially fatal mosquito-borne disease that can cause fever, muscle and joint pain, and haemorrhagic bleeding. More than 2.5 billion people are at risk and the World Health Organisation estimates there are at least 50 million cases every year. There is no treatment or vaccine.

 
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