Millions of mosquitos could be released to stop viral diseases
KEY WEST, Fla. - Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.
The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is waiting to hear if the Food and Drug Administration will allow them to run an experiment in Key West to see if the modified bugs can suppress the population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which spread dengue and chikungunya.
Mosquito controllers say they're running out of options because most approved insecticides are no longer effective against Aedes aegypti.
The British company Oxitec has built a breeding lab in Marathon and hopes to release its mosquitoes this spring if approved by the Food and Drug Administration. But some residents are frightened at the thought of being bitten by genetically modified organisms.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Police: Sex offender tenant of Sadie Roberts-Joseph killed her over late rent...
Remaining storm outages should be fixed by Wednesday, Entergy says
Vigil held at museum founded by Sadie Roberts-Joseph
Family relieved by arrest in Sadie Robert-Joseph's murder
Deaf sign language interpreter goes viral during storm coverage