Published On: Sat, Jul 29th, 2017

Camelia-Römer: “Release mosquitos in Curaçao more difficult than in Saba”

Suzy-Romer-CameliaWILLEMSTAD - Release mosquitoes in Curaçao as they did in Saba is not just applicable to this island. The Leeward Island wants to release 15 million male tiger mosquitos to fight the Zika virus.

The female Aedes aegypti mosquito, as the tiger mosquito is officially called, transmits the virus by biting humans. This allows viruses to be transmitted that can cause multiple diseases, such as dengue, chikungunya and zika.

Saba now wants to fight the tiger mucus, and thus the diseases it transmits, with the tiger mosquito. The island is planning to release males that are genetically manipulated.

According to Servin Kelie, Head of the Public Health Department, Curaçao is too big to release those mosquitoes. Saba is smaller and has a controlled environment. In Curacao, there are more mosquitos than on Saba. The expenses for such a project is also an important part of the reason why the government will not undertake such an endeavor.

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