Mosquito sterilization offers new opportunity to control chikungunya, dengue, and Zika
The Sterile Insect Technique is a form of insect birth control.
The process involves rearing large quantities of sterilized male mosquitoes in dedicated facilities, and then releasing them to mate with females in the wild. As they do not produce any offspring, the insect population declines over time.
This technique will be tested as part of global health efforts to control diseases such as chikungunya, dengue and Zika.