Feel-Good Friday

A group of researchers have found a certain bacteria can eradicate disease-carrying mosquitos, which carry dengue, yellow fever, and the Zika virus.

In a first for the Southern Hemisphere, researchers have shown a bacteria can successfully sterilize and eradicate the invasive, disease-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito which is responsible for spreading dengue, yellow fever, and Zika.

The breakthrough could support the suppression and potential eradication of Aedes aegypti worldwide.

I would also suggest they eradicate all types of mosquitos, but that’s just me.

The landmark trial involved releasing three million male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Northern Queensland, sterilized with bacteria called Wolbachia, across three trial sites over a 20-week period during the summer of 2018.

The sterile male insects search out and mate with wild females, preventing the production of offspring. Scientists returned the following year and found one of the trial sites, Mourilyan in Queensland, was almost devoid of mosquitoes.

This may be one of the best feel-good stories I’ve posted, because mosquitos are not only disgusting, but they carry disease across the Earth. I’m all for this, and I sincerely hope they utilize the bacteria in every part of the world.