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.