CARIBBEAN: Dominica rejects use of genetically modified mosquitoes to fight Zika

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CARIBBEAN: Dominica rejects use of genetically modified mosquitoes to fight Zika

untitled-1140CARIBBEAN360 – Dominica wants no part of the use of genetically modified mosquitoes to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the vector that carries the Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya viruses.

Minister of Health Dr. Kenneth Darroux recently made that clear as he addressed reporters on the Zika issue.

“This is a proposal which has been on the table for quite a few years . . . We are not going to engage in any discussion unless there is scientific proof that this is safe,” he said.

A project using genetically modified male mosquitoes to kill off the disease-carrying vectors is being carried out in Brazil, and is being expanded, as that country battles an outbreak of the Zika virus.

When the genetically modified insect mates with a disease-causing female, they pass on a gene that causes larvae to die before adulthood. By outnumbering the native males, the genetically modified mosquito reduce the number of dengue-causing mosquitoes.

But Dr. Darroux said it is not clear what the other effects are.

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  1. This Vaccine was obviously already in cold storage, otherwise how can anyone account for it on the Market so soon after the outbreak in Brazil!!?? The Brazilians didn't develop it, SO WHO DID!!?? The EBOLA Vaccine also, was only put out there when people were diagnosed as having it in First World countries. BUT have no one else noticed that the ZIKA Vaccine is to do in the same manner to the Female Mosquitoes, what the ZIKA Virus is doing to the Female Humans; that is: to STOP the Growth/Development of babies in the Womb?? A Virus (vaccine) created to KILL a Virus!!.

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  2. Thank you to the government for rejecting it cause its just another way of getting us sick if it works why is this sickness not destroyed before come so far

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