Bangladesh considers ‘mosquito fights mosquito technique’ for Dengue Control

  1. Bangladesh is studying the feasibility of applying Sterile Insect Technique(SIT) to control the dengue outbreak. 
  2. For this,a team of experts from WHO-FAO and IAEA has arrived in Bangladesh to discuss the feasibility of this technique.
  3. The sterile insect technique is an environmentally-friendly insect pest control method.
  4. Under this,radiation sterilised male mosquitoes are released in areas with dengue causing female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes turning them infertile. 
  5. This technique has been tested successfully at two sites in Guangzhou in China.
  6. Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease caused by the Dengue virus. In this case,dengue virus is transmitted by female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.