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PUTRAJAYA: With dengue menace unabated in the country, the Health Ministry will soon unleash Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes in two selected areas in Selangor.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam, said: “The mosquitoes will be released soon and we will study their impact on reducing the number of dengue cases.

“Based on the study, we will decide whether it would be worthwhile to release the mosquitoes in other areas of the country,” he told reporters at a press conference recently.

The study is part of a collaborative project between the Institute of Medical Research, Malaysia (IMR), Lancaster University, Britain, and Melbourne University, Australia, to effectively dengue-proofing the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes so they are unable to transmit the virus onto humans.