Fighting dengue with the Wolbachia warriors


SINCE recently, several nations have been battling the dengue menace using the Wolbachia-infused mosquitoes with remarkable success.

Malaysia has now joined this league of nations with a soon-to-be launched pilot project using these special mosquitoes to fight dengue.

The notorious Aedes aegypti which spreads the dengue and other viruses is reported to have killed hundreds and thousands of people globally over several decades. Conventional methods in eradicating this species has only been minimally successful.

Mosquitoes infused with the Wolbachia bacterium seem to be the better option as experienced by some countries.