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Dominican techs declare nuclear war on virus vector mosquitos

Santo Domingo.- Dominican technicians have been training to control the Aedes Aegypti mosquito with sterile males provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the request of the Energy and Mines Ministry.

The training held in Brasilia last week focused on the use of nuclear techniques to produce a sterile insect population to control the mosquito which transmits dengue, zika and chikungunya viruses.

“The goal is that this meeting will serve to increase awareness of our professionals and encourage a national action on an integrated vector management plan using the sterile insect technique, focused on Aedes Aegyptus,” Nuclear Energy Deputy minister Angelita Peña said

This technique is also being used to eradicate outbreaks of the Mediterranean fruit fly in the country’s eastern region, through the Agriculture Ministry’s MoscaMedRD program with technical assistance by the Nuclear Energy vice ministry to manage IAEA resources, to develop a sterile insect pest management program.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) requires raising huge amounts of insects of the target species, after which the males are sterilized with low doses of radiation.

The sterile males are released in huge quantities in areas affected by pests to overcome the wild males. Upon mating with females, they cannot reproduce and the population begins to disappear.

National Center for Disease Control director Luz Mercedes attended the training together with Entomology manager Thomas Angel Solis Montero.

Source: DT

March 1, 2016

Category: DR News |

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