U.S. EPA Approves Use Of Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes To Suppress Wild Populations In Limited Number Of States
Nature: U.S. government approves ‘killer’ mosquitoes to fight disease
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the use of a common bacterium to kill wild mosquitoes that transmit viruses such as dengue, yellow fever, and Zika, Nature’s news team has learned. On 3 November, the agency told biotechnology start-up MosquitoMate that it could release the bacterium Wolbachia pipientis into the environment as a tool against the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus). Lab-reared mosquitoes will deliver the bacterium to wild mosquito populations. The decision — which the EPA has not formally announced — allows the company, which is based in Lexington, Kentucky, to release the bacteria-infected mosquitoes in 20 U.S. states and Washington D.C…” (Waltz, 11/6).