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NEA conducts lab tests to control mosquito population, combat dengue

Published on Jun 15, 2014 11:01 AM
The Aedes albopictus mosquito that spreads dengue fever. -- PHOTO: NEA

SINGAPORE - Singapore has done laboratory tests on a new way to control the mosquito population, in the latest tactic to combat dengue.

A panel of experts will review the research and decide if field tests should be done, said Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu on Sunday at the launch of the nationwide 'Do the Mozzie Wipeout' campaign in Bukit Panjang.

Last year, the National Environment Agency's (NEA's) Environmental Health Institute began doing laboratory tests of male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infected with a bacteria, Wolbachia, that causes their mating with wild females to produce sterile eggs.

These eggs do not develop into mosquitoes.

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