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Infection With Wolbachia Bacteria Blocks Mosquitoes From Transmitting Zika, Study Shows

New York Times: Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes Could Slow Spread of Zika Virus
“…Ever since the Zika outbreak began in Brazil last year, scientists have suspected that Wolbachia might protect mosquitoes from the virus. Now, researchers have confirmed this hunch, providing the first solid evidence that releasing Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes into the wild could help quell the epidemic…” (Zimmer, 5/4).

Reuters: Bacteria blocks mosquitoes from transmitting Zika: Brazilian study
“…The new study, by researchers at Brazil’s Oswaldo Cruz Foundation and published in Cell Host & Microbe, takes advantage of the naturally occurring strain of bacteria known as Wolbachia, which live in insect cells and are found in 60 percent of common insects. The method involves inserting the bacteria into mosquito eggs, which then pass the bacteria along to their offspring…” (Steenhuysen, 5/4).

Wall Street Journal: Study Sees Way to Limit Mosquitoes’ Ability to Spread Zika
“…The findings represent a potentially important step in combating the spread of the Zika virus, which has raced across much of the Americas, reaching epidemic proportions in parts of Brazil, where health authorities say it has caused a surge in cases of babies born with serious brain abnormalities…” (Johnson et al., 5/4).

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