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Mosquito Facts: Do Mosquito Eating Fish Exist?

Scientists have been rushing to develop a vaccine for the Zika virus at warp speed ever since the epidemic began. The continued threat has pushed scientists to try creating a DNA vaccine, which could revolutionize all vaccines.

The DNA vaccine is basically like something you would read about in a science fiction novel. This kind of technology is extremely cutting edge and would be a huge step forward in the world of medicine.

A DNA vaccine takes genetic material from the virus and then uses just enough of it to cause our bodies to develop an immune response without actually introducing the virus to the body. This completely fixes the issues scientists have had with traditional vaccines, which do introduce the virus to our immune system, usually a weakened version of the virus or a dead version.

This then prompts our immune system to respond and fight it without our bodies actually experiencing any of the negative health problem caused by the virus. As you might have guessed, there are plenty of things that can go wrong with these kinds of vaccines, especially for people with immune deficiencies.

The DNA vaccine injects a synthetic form of the DNA from the virus, eliminating any possible health issues caused by regular vaccines.

However, up till now it hasn’t been used because it doesn’t absorb well. This problem has now been fixed. The DNA vaccine now delivers a mild electrical current along with the vaccine, which opens cell membranes so cells can absorb the DNA.

This allows our bodies to then spur an antibody response. This method is safer and more effective than traditional vaccines. Who knows? Catching a virus could eventually become a thing of the past.

How do you think DNA vaccines could effect and change vaccines as well as health in general around the world?

How Can Mosquito Eating Fish Help Combat The Zika Virus?

If you’re like many Americans, you may be worried about the spread of Zika virus — especially if you have a pond, lake, or decorative water feature that tends to draw mosquitoes during the spring and summer months.

Although most of the Zika cases diagnosed among U.S. residents so far have been travel-related, the easy transmission of this virus from person to person by mosquitoes (or sexual activity) can lay the groundwork for a latent epidemic.

Read on to learn more about how mosquito eating fish can help you battle the Zika virus in your own neighborhood.

How can mosquito eating fish protect against Zika?

For certain young fish, mosquito larvae are one of the most delicious and nutritious food sources available — and by placing a few fish in standing water where mosquitoes are likely to lay eggs, you’ll be able to eliminate these pests at the larval stage and avoid the risk of mosquito-borne diseases like the Zika virus, Eastern Equine encephalitis, dengue virus, and even yellow fever.

The fewer mosquitos who are able to make it to adulthood, the lower your risk of mosquito-borne diseases — and the less you need to spend on DEET spray and citronella candles in order to have a pleasant evening outside.

Although larger fish like sunfish are generally happiest in ponds or lakes (at least at the adult stage), smaller fish can be kept in birdbaths, water fountains, and other bodies of water that can often serve as a depository for mosquito eggs.

As the warm summer weather turns to autumn, you’ll be able to transplant these fish to public water sources like rivers or creeks or even keep them in your own indoor aquarium so that you can use them to control the mosquito population on your property during the spring thaw and early summer.

Where can you get mosquito-eating fish?

Many states, including Atlanta, have engaged preventive efforts to avoid the spread of mosquito-borne diseases by handing out five free varieties of fish — the fathead minnow, freshwater killifish, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill sunfish, and mosquitofish.

These mosquito eating fish are available at a number of county fairs in your area, or you may be able to contact the Office of Mosquito Control Coordination directly to request some fish for your property.

If no fish are available for free in your area, you may want to consider purchasing some from an agricultural supply store or even a pet store.

These fish are very low-maintenance, inexpensive, and can significantly minimize your risk of contracting the Zika virus or another potentially harmful illness.

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