India had a major epidemic of Chikungunya during the 1960-70 and the total number of cases rose to 1.39 million in 2006. In a 2006 outbreak, India reported 1.25 million suspected cases and continue to haunt people since then. Every year Chikungunya claims hundreds of victims. It was recently introduced to the Americas, and from 2013-14 in the Americas, 1,118,763 suspected cases and 24,682 confirmed cases were reported by the PAHO. The virus is spread between people by two types of mosquitos: Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti. They mainly bite during the day.
Fresno,a city in California’s San Joaquin Valley in California in USA may have the solution for this problem. It sounds like the plot of a horror movie, but true. A swarm of 20 million bacteria-infested mosquitoes is unleashed on the Fresno. They are being deliberately released into the wild to help stop the spread of disease, in a bid to stamp out one of the most troublesome species – the aedes aegypti.
These millions of mosquitoes are treated with a bacteria called wolbachia, which makes the males sterile. Male mosquitoes don,t bite. The idea is to make the that the male mosquitoes are impotent and hence the population will decrease overall.
Hope this technique works in India too:
We could Benefit from this technique across India too! https://t.co/OuY7Nh8YBx
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) September 1, 2017