Breakthrough dengue study could slash urban infection rates

A breakthrough study in the Southeast Asian nation of Indonesia has discovered that infecting mosquitoes with a naturally occurring bacteria can drastically reduce the transmission of the killer disease dengue.

The results of the 27-month trial in the city of Yogyakarta by the World Mosquito Programme – which cut incidence rates by 77 per cent – is a major boost for efforts to fight a tropical mosquito-borne viral disease that threatens nearly half of the world’s population.


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