Tulane University researchers are using mosquitoes’ motherly instincts against them to develop a novel mosquito trap to fight the spread of dengue fever. Researchers are deploying small devices with just the right mix of chemicals to convince the disease-carrying mosquitoes they’ve found the perfect place to lay their eggs.
But once they fly into this lethal maternity ward, there’s no getting out alive.
“After malaria, dengue is the most important mosquito transmitted disease in the world and is a major cause of disease and death in the tropics,” says Dawn Wesson, associate professor of tropical medicine at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. “Right now there has really been nothing that can be safely used on a wide, multinational scale to reduce dengue transmission. If this trap works, we think it can change a lot of people’s lives.” Read More