Factory Full Of Mosquitoes
When you think of factory floors, you think of manufacturing. A place of production and advanced machinery, not somewhere full of scientists, test tubes and millions of mosquitoes! Yes, you heard right! A factory in China has dedicated space and contributed to the fight against the Zika virus
Zika has been linked with birth defects, such as microcephaly — a neurological disorder that causes babies to be born with small craniums and limited brain development. The untreatable virus has caused many deaths and has even convinced some top athletes headed to the Olympics in Rio this August to withdrawal from the competition. The virus may be untreatable, but researchers are attempting to find another way to stop the devastating virus. A mosquito lab in China — the largest mosquito factory in the world — is working to end the Zika virus.
A collection of very interesting images, demonstrating the effort and determination of scientists who are doing all they can to find an end to the next strain of zika.
The findings, published last month in PLOS Currents Outbreaks, suggest that people’s attitudes toward this new mosquito control method may be tied to pre-existing beliefs about risks of contracting diseases including dengue, chikungunya and Zika from the insects. The researchers say that people who do not feel that they are at risk from mosquito-borne diseases or who don’t believe that mosquitoes are a nuisance express greater discomfort with the idea of introducing male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes which are bred to mate with wild females and produce offspring with a defective gene that kills them, thereby reducing the population of disease-carrying mosquitoes.
The best form of mosquito control is to make sure you look after your own. Invest in a barrier spray program today and protect yourself against all mosquitoes that try to venture into you back yard, ensure you use repellent and share your knowledge on zika. Spreading awareness is one of the most powerful methods of mosquito control there is.