Awareness and support of release of genetically modified “sterile” mosquitoes, key west, Florida, USA
OPEN Emerging infectious diseases | 28 Jan 2015
KC Ernst, S Haenchen, K Dickinson, MS Doyle, K Walker, AJ Monaghan and MH Hayden
After a dengue outbreak in Key West, Florida, during 2009-2010, authorities, considered conducting the first US release of male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes genetically modified to prevent reproduction. Despite outreach and media attention, only half of the community was aware of the proposal; half of those were supportive. Novel public health strategies require community engagement.
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