Bacteria can be used to fight dengue fever-causing viruses

Wolbachia infected insect cell, by Scott O'Neill
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are the primary vector of dengue virus. Dengue virus causes dengue fever, which can be severe, leading to a hemorrhagic fever. Dengue fever affects 100 million people each year and kills more than 12,000. Wolbachia is an intracellular bacterium that infects mosquitoes and is passed to their offspring, inhibiting viral replication and preventing its transmission.

Initial studies have found promising results for decreasing mosquito populations and Dengue transmission. Read more about how Wolbachia bacteria can be used to combat dengue virus.

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