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Florida Zika Virus Update: Ongoing Debate Regarding Genetically Modified Mosquito

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The zika virus is a topic for hot debate in Florida as many people oppose a GMO company’s plan to fight the virus using a genetically modified mosquito.

British Biotech Firm Oxitec Proposes Using Genetically Modified Mosquito To Reduce Aedes Aegypti Population

Hadyn Parry, the CEO of Oxitec, spoke to congress today about his company’s genetically modified mosquitoes. They are modified in an effort to reduce the population of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The Aedes aegypti is the species primarily responsible for the spread of the Zika virus.

Regardless of the outcome of this debate; funds have been allocted by the U.S. government to fight the virus as concerns about zika reaching the United States continue to rise.

Commercial Zika Testing Kits Now Available In South Florida

Zika testing is now the focus across the sunshine state. There are testing facilities opening up across the state and there is now a commercial testing kit available for use in South Florida. There is concern that the virus will spread as mosquitoes migrate this summer.

The Zika virus is rarely cause for concern for most healthy adults. There is reported link between zika virus and a birth defect that affects the brain. You can find more information regarding the zika virus from the CDC website: www.cdc.gov/zika/.

ABC News Report

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Information sourced from cdc.gov and ABC News

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