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dateline: 01 August 2018

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Mosquito Experiment Halts Dengue Fever

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • halt: to stop
  • combat: fight
  • dengue fever: a viral disease in tropical areas; causes high fever and serious joint pain
  • outbreak: a sudden rise in occurences
  • borne: carried by
  • captive: held in an area; not able to go free
  • breed: to mate and reproduce

Mosquito Experiment Halts Dengue Fever

A successful experiment to combat a dengue fever outbreak in has given scientists new hope in halting mosquito-borne diseases. In 2014, scientists infected a large number of captive mosquitoes with a that prevents insects from transmitting viruses. That year citizens of Townsville, Australia including schoolchildren, helped the special mosquitoes in areas where they normally breed. For the past four years, there has not been a dengue fever outbreak in this . Scientists hope to repeat this experiment on a larger scale in regions where other mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika and malaria are .

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where did this experiment take place?
  2. What was the result of the experiment?
  3. Why are scientists hopeful?

Discussion Questions

Are mosquitoes problematic in your region? What other animals or insects carry diseases to humans?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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