Instead of being eradicated, these are 4 facts about mosquito-producing factories in Singapore. What is the function for? – Boombass

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Mosquitoes are indeed one of the most annoying insects. Apart from sucking blood and making it itch, some of its species actually carry dangerous diseases. For example, dengue fever or DHF and malaria which can take lives.

But in Singapore, this one animal is actually bred, and even has a factory to produce it. Even in one week can produce millions of mosquitoes to be released. Then why did they do that? Let’s not curious see the following reviews.

Singapore develops mosquito factory

There is an unusual idea in our neighboring country Singapore, because they are building a mosquito factory. Yes, you read correctly, indeed mosquitoes are bred there. Even this country to fund it with a facility worth USD 5 million.

Mosquito factory [sumber gambar]

The mosquito factory is planned to produce 5 million mosquitoes per week for distribution into the wild. Uniquely all mosquitoes produced there are male. It is hoped that the male mosquitoes can mate with females in the wild and produce many eggs. In fact, the existence of this mosquito factory is not to increase the population of this insect, but instead to reduce it.

Development of Project Wolbachia

Investigate, the existence of this mosquito factory is related to the Wolbachia Project. This project focuses on spreading mosquitoes that are already infected with the Wolbachia bacteria so that the mosquito population decreases. As explained, all mosquitoes produced at the factory are male and already infected by Wolbachia.

Reduce mosquitoes [sumber gambar]

Well, this bacteria itself will be transmitted to females in the wild when they mate. In the end, the eggs from infected mosquitoes had very little chance of hatching, so it could be a fairly good population control. Reporting from the CNBC page, this technique is considered more effective than doing fogging and other efforts to reduce other mosquito populations.

The mosquito problem in Singapore is a serious matter

Apparently, the development of Project Wolbachia is not without reason. Similar to Indonesia, the presence of dengue fever has made many people become victims. Because it is still in the tropics, the number of dengue victims there is increasing every year.

Dengue problem [sumber gambar]

Especially when the pandemic arrives, the numbers continue to grow because of human activities that usually exist and interfere with mosquito breeding, so they disappear temporarily. Finally, the population of dengue mosquitoes is growing uncontrollably. This is evidenced from last year’s figures in Singapore, where there were 26,000 cases with 20 people dying from this DHF disease. This figure is higher than in previous years.

In Indonesia, there was once a similar project

Before Singapore, actually in Indonesia there was also a similar idea. The program has existed since 2011 and was developed at the Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Gajah Mada (UGM) by Adi Utarini. The program was named Eliminate Dengue Project (EDP) which was renamed the World Mosquito Program.

Adi Utarini [sumber gambar]

Reporting from the Suara page, from 8,000 mosquitoes released with Wolbachia bacteria, it turned out to be able to reduce up to 77 percent of DHF cases in Yogyakarta. This is certainly a new breakthrough and hopefully in the future it can be applied to many regions in Indonesia.

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DHF is indeed a big problem in tropical countries. But with advanced discoveries like this, of course, it can be quite controlling the population of these dangerous mosquitoes. And hopefully in the future there will be fewer cases due to this mosquito-borne disease.

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