These mosquitoes carry malaria and can't be killed by poison
A newly discovered insecticide-resistant "super mosquito" has been discovered. According to a press release from the University of California, Davis, two malaria mosquito species in Mali led to this "super mosquito" that can survive exposure to poisons meant to kill them.
A medical entomologist at UC Davis stated it's actually not a surprise, saying, "Growing resistance has been observed for some time. ... Recently it has reached a level at some localities in Africa where it is resulting in the failure of the nets to provide meaningful control, and it is my opinion that this will increase."
So the scientists behind these terrifying findings are now encouraging new developments of mosquito control, like new insecticides, which are reportedly in the works. That, and genetically manipulating mosquitos.
The research was published Jan. 6 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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