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Mutant Mosquitoes may be introduced to the TCI

Providenciales, TCI, July 26, 2016 – A plan to introduce mutant mosquitoes to our ecosystem is being considered as the Premier and Health Minister admitted he is watching to see how things pan out in another British Overseas Territory, which is seriously flirting with the idea to curtail the female Aedes Egypti with a genetically altered mosquito.

The shadow cabinet minister for Health, Edwin Astwood of the PDM actually pre-empted the Premier’s announcement and expressed his trepidation, also during House of Assembly on Monday.  “just not to be so technical, that is where you introduce genetically mutated males to then breed with the females and their offspring do not live to see adulthood, thus reducing the number of mosquitoes present to bight people.  However Madam Speaker, when it comes to genetically mutations one must always be careful, because you may fix one problem and produce another problem.”

Five Cases of the Zika Virus are now recorded in the Turks and Caicos; news of the mosquito borne virus which causes Microchephaly, Guialle Barre Symdrome and is now found to be spread sexually by both men and women, broke on Saturday.

 

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