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The Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) successfully used to target insect pests that attack crops and livestock will now be tested as part of health sector to fight human diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and zika.
The SIT involves rearing huge quantities of sterilized male mosquitoes in dedicated facilities, and then releasing them to mate with females in the wild. As no offspring is produced, the insect population reduces over time. A guidance document has been developed for countries that have showed interest in testing SIT for Aedes mosquitoes by the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases and the International Atomic Energy Agency, along with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization…(WHO, November 14, 2019)