The fight against dengue in the Pacific has gone aerial with a drone being used to release bacteria-carrying mosquitoes in Fiji.
As part of recent-trials, the drone dropped mosquitoes infected with the wolbachia bacteria over Suva.

Mosquitos infected with the bacteria are unable to spread diseases like dengue and chikungunya.

The World Mosquito Programme’s project coordinator, Aminiasi Tavui, says drones had the potential to disperse Wolbachia across wide areas.

Tavui says the trial was still in its early stages but could help millions of people around the world.

A separate trial using drones to deliver vaccines is also underway in Vanuatu.

Earlier trials, where the bacteria was released at ground-level, have shown success in parts of Fiji, Kiribati and Vanuatu.

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