This Australian scientist lets 1000’s of contaminated mosquitoes chunk him to discover a remedy for dengue fever!
Needless to say, mosquitoes are considered to be the deadliest animal on earth as they are known to spread diseases and viruses such as zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever and kill millions of people every year. Also Read – 750 Million Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Are Released in Florida
Scientists around the world have worked tirelessly to find a solution to the mosquito threat. Such a brave scientist went a step ahead and fed on a swarm of mosquitoes to use chalk to devise a plan to eradicate dengue mosquitoes.
Melbourne University entomologist Dr. Perran Stott-Ross, has his arm fed on a swarm of mosquitoes experimentally infected with a Wolbachia, a bacterium known to block the spread of dengue, ScienceAlert reported.
Although he’s been doing this research for years, it only recently came into the spotlight after speaking about his work in interviews.
In one of his Twitter posts that went viral in May this year, he shared a picture of his arm after a day of feeding and wrote that he had lost 16 ml of blood. Check out the video:
Record day of mosquito blood feeding today. ~ 5000 female mosquitoes fed and 16 ml of blood lost. pic.twitter.com/7OzeQ9rGl7
– Perran Ross (@MosWhisperer) May 7, 2020
Dr. Perran works with the mosquitoes every day and feeds them by sticking his arm through a bug-proof net.
“Sometimes it can sting a little when they put you in the right place, but most of the time it’s just a slight irritation. It absolutely itches later. As soon as I take my arm out, I have to resist the urge to scratch myself, ”he told ScienceAlert.
In particular, dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral infection characterized by signs such as high fever, rashes, muscle and joint pain, etc., and kills an estimated 25,000 people each year.
If dengue is not treated in a timely manner, complications such as heart and lung damage can occur. It can also lower your blood pressure to dangerous levels and ultimately lead to death.