Bacteria-Laced Mosquitoes Limit Spread of Dengue
Bacteria-Laced Mosquitoes Limit Spread of Dengue
Cases of dengue were greatly reduced in areas of a city where Wolbachia-infected mosquitos were released, according to preliminary data from a field study.
Bacteria-Laced Mosquitoes Limit Spread of Dengue
Bacteria-Laced Mosquitoes Limit Spread of Dengue

Cases of dengue were greatly reduced in areas of a city where Wolbachia-infected mosquitos were released, according to preliminary data from a field study.

Cases of dengue were greatly reduced in areas of a city where Wolbachia-infected mosquitos were released, according to preliminary data from a field study.

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