Anti Malaria Campaign of Sri Lanka has decided to use newly invented genetically modified mosquito breeding method to reduce the malaria and dengue mosquito population in the country according to the director of the campaign Dr.Sarath Deniyage.dr deniyage has said that the genetically modified mosquito breeding method is an effective method which has been using countries like Austria,USA,South Africa,Brazil and Cayman Islands .
The Anti Malaria Campaign has decided to research on the said method during next month to find out the possibility of using it under Sri Lankan conditions Dr.Deniyage has stressed.under this method genetically modified mosquitoes will breed in thousands at a factory and inject them with cobolt radiation to stop breeding mosquito population.due to this when after these mosquitoes are released to the environment they will not able to breed mosquitoes as the larvae will be killed before even born due to the radiation.this process is to be continue around 3 years to get positive results Anti Malaria Campaign has said,
According to the foreign media reports the countries which have used this method were able to reduced it's mosquito population by 90% after a period of six months.Brazil has already inaugurate a factory to breed these genetically modified mosquitoes and it has expected to release around 4 million mosquitoes per year to the environment.
As this method has been rated as an environment friendly one Austrian government has agreed to provide technical and manpower assistance to implement this method in Sri Lanka according to Ministry Of Health.a group of Austrian entomologists are due to arrive Sri Lanka by next month to train workers in Anti Mosquito Camapign in Sri Lanka on this method ministry has said.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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