Field Assessment of Yeast Interfering RNA Larvicides Targeting Zika Vector Mosquitoes in Belize

Funded by: USAID Country: Belize Date Range: 2016 - 2018 Project Lead: Eck Institute for Global Health

A team of researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine, South Bend and the University of Notre Dame Eck Institute for Global Health are developing an insecticide that destroys Aedes aegypti larvae before the mosquitos are able to take flight and transmit disease. Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus are the principle vectors of Zika virus.

The Achee/Grieco lab has developed a novel class of larvicides called Yeast Interfering RNA Larvicides that, in the laboratory setting, kill nearly 100 percent of larvae. The USAID grant will allow the team to conduct a field evaluation of the new technique at a Notre Dame affiliated center in Belize.

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