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Countries Look To Innovative Methods To Prevent Mosquito-Borne Diseases

News outlets report on different ways researchers and health officials are trying to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses.

Bloomberg Businessweek: Mosquitoes With Lethal Genes to Help Brazil Fight Dengue
“…Brazil will probably be the first nation to approve large-scale releases of male mosquitoes with a lethal gene that causes their offspring to die before reaching adulthood, according to Hadyn Parry, chief executive officer of Oxitec Ltd., a U.K. biotechnology company that has developed the technology…” (Kitamura/Khan, 7/1).

Huffington Post: This Newspaper Repels Mosquitoes, Makes Us Want To Give Print Another Chance
“…The paper combined citronella essence — a highly effective and all-natural repellent — with the newspaper’s ink, enabling readers to coat their skin with a repellent that could keep mosquitoes away. It introduced its first life-saving edition on World Health Day in April. Papers sold out by 10 a.m. and readership increased by 300,000 people, according to an ad released by the newspaper…” (Goldberg, 6/30).

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