Anti-Malaria Plan Could Wipe Out Mosquitoes Without Insecticides
Sabin president, Dr. Peter Hotez, discusses the threat of mosquitoes -- and a new way to fight malaria.
"'Mosquitoes have been labeled as the most virulent animal in the world,” said Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. “More people die of mosquito-transmitted infections than they do of almost any other type of illness.'
Spraying insecticides is one of the most effective ways to control them, but spraying comes with downsides. It can kill bees and other good insects, and cause environmental damage. And mosquitoes eventually develop resistance to the pesticide."