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Atty. Ignacio R. Bunye

The World Health Organization has warned that the mosquito-borne virus, which has afflicted people in as many as 70 countries, was “highly likely” to spread across Asia.

For many years scientists have been studying Wolbachia, looking for ways to use it to potentially control the mosquitoes that spread human diseases. The research has shown that when introduced into the Aedes aegypti mosquito (the primary species responsible for transmitting human viruses such as dengue, chikungunya, and Zika), Wolbachia can stop these viruses from growing inside the mosquito and being transmitted to people.

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