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WASHINGTON: Researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research have turned to a common fungus to stop the spread of dengue fever. Dr Jonathan Darbro, from QIMR's Mosquito Control Laboratory,

Soil fungus kills mosquito that carries dengue fever

WASHINGTON: Researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research have turned to a common fungus to stop the spread of dengue fever. Dr Jonathan Darbro, from QIMR's Mosquito Control Laboratory,

said initial testing showed the Beauveria bassiana fungus killed Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that carries the viral disease. In laboratory and "semi-field" conditions, the soil fungus also reduced how often the mosquitoes bit humans. Dr Darbro said the results offered a potential alternative to pesticides to control the mosquito-borne borne viral disease. Dr Darbro's study was published in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. ANI
 

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