To Combat the Spread of Zika, a Nonprofit Is Using Drones and Sterile Mosquitoes

December 4, 2017

(Public Radio International) – Mosquitoes are, by far, the deadliest animals on Earth. More than 725,000 people die from mosquito-borne illnesses like malaria each year, and millions are affected by mosquito-borne illnesses, according to the World Health Organization. Now new technology is being used to try to reduce mosquito-borne illnesses. In particular, introducing sterile male mosquitoes to a population can increase competition for female mosquitoes, eventually reducing the population by as much as 90 percent, according to researchers. But introducing the mosquitoes to areas affected by mosquito-borne diseases can be a challenge.

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