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Guppy fish stocked to control chikungunya vector mosquito

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Tuesday, July 07, 2015, 03:10 (GMT + 9)

A team of researchers from the National University and Salid de Laderas Network in Cali are conducting studies on the feasibility of using guppy (Poecilia reticulata) to control the mosquito that causes the disease known as chikungunya fever. To this end, the scientists "stocked" these fish, which are only 3 to 5 cm, in drains, rainwater channels, lakes of the Universidad del Valle, Pichincha Battalion lakes and water reservoirs of the village Villacarmelo. Guppy fish were collected in the tributary of the Bolo river, in Palmira, and could provide a cost-effective option to attack the mosquito that causes chikungunya in Cali. According to Jose Ader Gomez, a zootechnician, doctor in Animal Science and a professor at the UN, this technique was used for the first time seven years ago to biologically control Aedes aegypti mosquito larva, which transmits dengue, Di... FULL STORY

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