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BMJ 2021; 373 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n1500 (Published 11 June 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1500
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Tenterden, UK

Not another epidemic?

This is good news. A three year randomised controlled trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that releasing mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia reduced the incidence of dengue fever by 77% and dengue hospital admissions by 86%.1

Wolbachia, what’s that?

It’s a bacteria that occurs naturally in 60% of insect species but not in the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main source of the spread of dengue. Researchers worked out how …

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