Monthly Archives: February 2016
Serious disease causing parasites are often transmitted to humans by small aquatic snails. These snails are dependent on suitable habitat to breed and spread. Perhaps one control strategy lies in the use of natural snail predators that already have a taste for infected snails.
As a follow-up to last weeks post on genetic control of mosquitoes, I invited Derric Nimmo, the head of public health research at Oxitec, for a friendly chat about the experiences and potential of the Oxitec solution to control the mosquitoes transmitting Zika virus, dengue and chikungunya in Brazil.1