1000’s of mosquitoes scientists hand | The scientist intentionally feeds on hundreds of mosquitos to discover a treatment for illness [WATCH]
The scientist deliberately feeds on thousands of mozzies Photo credit: Twitter
Mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals in the world, as viruses they transmit kill more than a million people each year. Statistically, mosquitoes kill more than sharks.
There are numerous diseases that mosquitoes can transmit: malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya, yellow fever, Zika virus, encephalitis, and Japanese encephalitis, to name a few.
Despite all kinds of initiatives and preparations by the authorities in many countries, mozzies continue to wreak havoc in many regions.
While scientists do their part every day to find better cures for the above diseases, it is really up to individuals to protect themselves from the deadly creatures.
However, there are some dedicated and courageous scientists willing to take great risks to find a solution to the mosquito threat. Perran Ross is one of those scientists.
If the experience of being bitten by 4-5 mosquitoes at the same time is irritating and frightening, imagine being bitten by thousands at once.
Entomologist Perran Ross, who has worked to control the spread of dengue, Zika, and other viruses, deliberately fed on thousands of mosquitos.
He tweeted a GIF of his laboratory study with the headline: “Our study on inbreeding and laboratory adaptation in mosquitoes is out now!”
In addition to Ross, many other researchers around the world inject a bacterium called “Wolbachia” into the egg of a specific species of mosquito.
According to research, Aedes aegypti, or the yellow fever mosquito, does not have Wolbachia that occurs naturally in their body. Interestingly, Aedes aegypti are the main species that transmit dengue fever.
Mosquito eggs are very small and require a micromanipulator to pierce their egg wall. In order to keep female mosquitoes alive and lay more eggs, scientists have started feeding them regularly. One of the easiest ways is to give them blood. That’s exactly what Ross did, as his tweet shows.
He shared a picture of his left arm after the mosquitoes finished feeding.
“I usually feed about 250 female mosquitoes at a time before moving on to the next group. After an hour or two of feeding thousands of mosquitoes, my arm becomes very warm and completely covered with welts,” Ross said.