Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Are The Most Dangerous Insect In The World According To Dr. Sergio Cortes
Disease-carrying mosquitoes are considered the most dangerous insects in the world. Mosquitoes carry diseases that kill millions of people every year. The Zika virus is the latest mosquito threat. Brazil is under siege by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, and the country is treating the tiny insect like a terrorist that can alter human life. Dr. Sergio Cortes is tracking the impact of the Aedes aegypti mosquito in several regions of Brazil, and he believes the battle has just begun.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito is responsible for the thousands of babies that are born with brain defects, and Cortes knows that number will increase as the summer season adds more rain to the breeding grounds of these mighty warriors.
Some people are questioning Brazil’s attempt to wipe out the mosquito. There are more than 3,500 species of these winged creatures, and most of them don’t bother humans. They go about their business sucking plant and fruit nectar. The villains are the female mosquitoes that account for 6 percent of the mosquito population. Those feminine creatures like the blood of humans because it helps them develop their eggs. But only half of that 6 percent actually carry parasites that cause human diseases, according to Dr. Cortes.
But even though there are only 100 species that carry diseases, half the global population is at risk for diseases like the Zika virus. That is why Brazil is trying to eliminate the Aedes aegypti population as quickly as possible. But insect experts say that may not be an easy task. Zika virus carrying mosquitoes breed in clean water, and even standing water in a container the size of a bottle cap is enough to produce more mosquitoes.
In the UK, scientists at Oxford University have genetically modified Aedes aegypti males. The GM males carry a gene that stops healthy offspring development. The offspring’s die before they can reproduce and spread the virus.
The main concern right now is the increasing cases of microcephaly that have been reported in Brazil. More than 3,500 cases have been confirmed in a 10-month period, and there are many more cases according to an article posted on the Dr. Cortes official website.
There is a relationship between the Zika virus and microcephaly, according to several studies, but the biological details are unknown.