Australian scientist ‘Perron Ross’, who is doing research on dengue, gets himself bitten by 5000 mosquitoes daily.
Perron is doing research against dengue fever. Perron says that female mosquitoes do the work of biting humans and spreading disease. By controlling these, the disease like dengue can be prevented from growing.
Not only this, Perroninjected the Wolbachia bacteria into mosquito eggs to prevent dengue. He says that, when they grow as female mosquitoes from bacteria-infected eggs, they are not able to spread dengue.
The dengue virus does not increase its numbers in these mosquitoes. Therefore dengue is not spread by the bite of these mosquitoes.
“These Aedes aegypti infected with bacteria breed female mosquitoes in the lab and increase their numbers,”Perron says.
When they are fully developed, he let the mosquitoes bite him. This helps to know whether they are capable of preventing dengue.
According to Perron, he feeds 250 female mosquitoes at one time. After feeding, they transfer them to another group. He says that when sitting for 1 to 2 hours with about thousands of mosquitoes on hands, the hands become slightly warm.
Earlier this experiment was done to reduce the cases of dengue in Indonesia. Where mosquitoes specifically injected bacteria that prevent the spread of dengue virus. These mosquitoes were released into the open. Later research revealed that dengue cases decreased by 77 percent.
Dengue virus causes fever and body aches after infection. According to the World Health Organization, the dengue virus infects 400 million people every year and 25 thousand people die from it. According to the World Health Organization, dengue cases have increased up to 30 times in the last 50 years.