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Prevention with science

  • Published at 11:33 pm January 18th, 2020
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Dengue has wreaked absolute havoc as recently as a few months ago

Last year, Bangladesh witnessed what was quite possibly the biggest dengue epidemic in the nation’s history.

While the disease is tantamount to being seasonal in the country, usually hitting its peak during the rainy season, the after-effects of last year’s epidemic was particularly destructive, with a record amount of people having received treatment for it.

Additionally, with the threat of the West Nile virus looming large, now is the perfect time for the government to prepare. And to that end, a recent breakthrough made in the battle to curb dengue could prove instrumental.

Australian researchers have successfully genetically engineered mosquitoes which are resistant to spreading the dengue virus.

Given that more than half the world’s population is at risk of infection, and that the disease currently costs the global economy close to $28 million, this breakthrough is nothing short of timely, and one that ideally should be backed up by researchers worldwide, or at least those within the region.

While the government has done a fairly decent job of tackling dengue in the past -- and the fact that it has its own research being conducted on breeding sterile mosquitoes which can combat diseases such as dengue -- it would behoove them to look into the work these Australian researchers are doing and to try and adopt it into their own strategies.

This is an opportunity that we cannot afford to miss. Dengue has wreaked absolute havoc as recently as a few months ago, and if there is one thing that has been established beyond doubt when it comes to treating diseases, it is that prevention is always better than a cure.