Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes To The Rescue!
Most people are not fans of mosquitoes, but they are unavoidable here and in our Latin American countries. They carry disease and the bites can leave you sore and bleeding. What if there was a chance that researchers could release genetically modified mosquitoes? If that were to happen, that could prevent the spread of two very painful viral diseases: dengue fever and chikungunya.
Dengue fever, also known as the breakbone fever is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes that is caused by the dengue virus. Some of the symptoms can include, fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, as well as a skin rash, very similar to measles. There is no preventative vaccine to date.
Chikungunya is a viral disease caused by the Chikunguya virus. This starts with fever and joint pain. It’s also transmitted by mosquitoes and there is no vaccine to prevent it. This is the same disease that Lindsay Lohan was recently diagnosed with and seeking treatment, even though there is no cure .