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Old 06-28-2016, 12:14 PM   #21
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Possibly some of our forum environmentalists might cringe to hear this, but anyway our urban suburb is periodically fogged with insecticide both by truck and by planes. It is WONDERFUL. I have never once been bitten by a mosquito in this suburb, and have never seen or heard of any bad effects from the insecticide. We still have wasp nests, termites, and the occasional water bug or ant invasion, but nothing like what I have seen in other Southern locations.

I think the reason why they insist on such radical mosquito control is that some of the first West Nile cases occurred in our suburb many years ago. We also get frequent commercials reminding us to not ever leave standing water in birdbaths and so on and to check for standing water after it rains. I am confident that our mosquito control will help to prevent any problems with zika.
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Old 06-28-2016, 12:33 PM   #22
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we had a bunch of mosquito control in Houston but we had west nile pretty bad back in the day - one of the guys at my golf club got it
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first zika baby was just born in FL
By that I take it you mean the first mother infected with zika that gave birth to a baby with microcephaly.

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I think the reason why they insist on such radical mosquito control is that some of the first West Nile cases occurred in our suburb many years ago. We also get frequent commercials reminding us to not ever leave standing water in birdbaths and so on and to check for standing water after it rains. I am confident that our mosquito control will help to prevent any problems with zika.
I hope you're right. Other mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria and dengue, still continue to plague the world, contained but not eradicated. I suspect we need a vaccine for Zika.
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By that I take it you mean the first mother infected with zika that gave birth to a baby with microcephaly.

Yes, I apologize for the brevity.
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I hope you're right. Other mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria and dengue, still continue to plague the world, contained but not eradicated. I suspect we need a vaccine for Zika.
Yes, we do need a vaccine if one can be developed. Also you're right - - now that I think about it, we could get Zika in some other location that doesn't have good mosquito control like what we have, and then come home with it. I don't think I would get it here, because I have never been bitten by a mosquito here.
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We are in the Sacramento Area and have had our first reported case of Zika, although the person who contracted it had been traveling in Central America.

My daughter contracted Dengue Fever while on a mission trip to Panama. No cure. There are days when her energy is just zapped.

As to bugs, I don't like spiders. I was visiting a fellow volunteers house when I pointed out a large-ish Black Widow to his wife. I said sorry, but I would have to leave the dispatching to her or her husband. I felt so bad.

Several years ago I was bit by a fire ant. That stung for weeks.

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There are talks about eradicating some mosquito species by altering their DNA through crispr + gene driver. One approach is altering the DNA so only male mosquitoes can be born. Due to the propagation that would eliminate a species within a few years.

Wonder if Zika and related outbreaks might help us cross the ethics boundary there.

Always wondered what nature would lose if we got rid of mosquitoes.
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......... One approach is altering the DNA so only male mosquitoes can be born. ..........
No more mosquitoes asking for directions or reading manuals.
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There are talks about eradicating some mosquito species by altering their DNA through crispr + gene driver. One approach is altering the DNA so only male mosquitoes can be born. Due to the propagation that would eliminate a species within a few years.

Wonder if Zika and related outbreaks might help us cross the ethics boundary there.

Always wondered what nature would lose if we got rid of mosquitoes.
Or, engineer males that carry a dominant lethal gene that is suppressed by antibiotics in the lab until you have enough of them to release into the wild. AKA: the Oxitec OX513A mosquito, which is being used in Grand Cayman (and Brazil) right now. Here is a fairly good news article: GMO mosquito: In Zika fight, genes kill the offspring - CNN.com The FDA main page: Oxitec Mosquito Unfortunately, too much fear of "Frankenstein" to release in the florida keys, so far.... Genetically Modified Mosquito Study in Florida to Halt Spread of Viruses Sparks Eco Debate - ABC News
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There are talks about eradicating some mosquito species by altering their DNA through crispr + gene driver. One approach is altering the DNA so only male mosquitoes can be born. Due to the propagation that would eliminate a species within a few years.

Wonder if Zika and related outbreaks might help us cross the ethics boundary there.

Always wondered what nature would lose if we got rid of mosquitoes.

For those that are interested, here's a short Ted talk about this subject: https://www.ted.com/talks/jennifer_k...er?language=en

This was the first time I heard about gene drives and CRISPR. Interesting technology.
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One of the reasons I built this 3-season sunroom off the back of my house was because of mosquitoes:
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