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Engineering Mosquitoes to Spread Health

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Dengue fever is spread primarily by the aedes aegypti mosquito, and also by aedes albopictus, more commonly known as the asian tiger mosquito. Aedes aegypti is the culprit in nearly every dengue fever epidemic, while aedes albopictus gets credit for most outbreaks of chikungunya, an illness that produces symptoms similar to dengue, but is rarely deadly. Both mosquitoes are adept at transmitting these vector-borne illnesses to humans, as well as yellow fever and encephalitis. Both also thrive in urban environments, particularly indoors. Their eggs can hatch in the smallest bodies of water

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