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Sri Lanka to use drones to combat dengue

Christian Fernsby |
Sri Lanka's Ministry of Science, Technology and Research assesses the possibility to control dengue epidemics by using drones technology.

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A recent research carried out by national experts successfully used drones to inspect areas to identify breeding sites of mosquitoes.

Locating mosquito breeding sites is useful for the Public Health Inspectors to release the Bacillus thuringiensis subespecie israelensis (BTI), a bacteria of natural origin with spores that produce toxins aimed at attacking mosquito maggots.

The use of drones' technology to prevent dengue's menace, which has a severe impact on health and development of Sri Lanka, has been widely discussed. State Minister of Technology and Innovation Thilanga Sumathipala drew attention to the need of countering the proliferation of mosquito farms and curbing the epidemics in the country.

Dengue is a viral disease transmitted by the mosquito bite Aedes aegypti prevailing in the tropics and subtropics areas.

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