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The Fight Against Zika Goes Nuclear

A new method of controlling mosquitoes, nuclear-based sterile insect technique, uses ionizing radiation to sterilize insects so when they mate with wild insects they don’t produce offspring. A big challenge is to find practical methods for the “sexing” of mosquitoes to remove females from being released into the wild.

Assessing likely invasion sites of Zika virus-infected mosquitoes in civilian and naval maritime ports in Florida

The bioagent transport and environmental modeling system TIGER model and ArcGIS were used to analyze factors influencing potentially Zika-infected Aedes species, should they enter through ports. Surveillance sites at ports should be identified and prioritized to reduce the import of mosquitoes infected with Zika virus.

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