Wolbachia and the biological control of mosquito-borne disease.

  title={Wolbachia and the biological control of mosquito-borne disease.},
  author={I{\~n}aki Iturbe-Ormaetxe and Thomas Walker and Scott L O' Neill},
  journal={EMBO reports},
  volume={12 6},
Mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and filariasis cause an enormous health burden to people living in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Despite years of intense effort to control them, many of these diseases are increasing in prevalence, geographical distribution and severity, and options to control them are limited. The transinfection of mosquitos with the maternally inherited, endosymbiotic bacteria Wolbachia is a promising new biocontrol approach. Fruit fly… CONTINUE READING