20 million mosquitoes to invade California in bug fight

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It was the first confirmed case of Zika in the area, and now there's a lingering threat of disease spread if any mosquito comes in contact with the patient.

No word from the company on how much something like this will cost, but Linus Upson, an engineer on the team releasing the mosquitoes, told MIT Technology Review the company planned to do something similar in Australia next.

With Debug Fresno, the Debug Project and Verily are testing a "potential mosquito control method using sterile insect technique".

The company is infecting male mosquitoes with a bacteria that creates non-hatching dead eggs when they mate with wild females, hoping enough of them pair together to result in a population decline, Bloomberg reports. On July 14, in collaboration with MosquitoMate and Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District, the Debug Project's first field study in the United States, Debug Fresno, began its release of mosquitoes in Fresno County.

According to media reports, the mosquitoes are not genetically-modified.

Google's healthcare arm Verily announced just before the weekend it will release twenty million sterile male mosquitoes into the wild, in Fresno County, California.

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Azad on Sunday said the government "closed all doors for dialogue" on it which led to "political suffocation" in the Valley.

The release process will be done through vans, software algorithms, and on-the-ground release devices that will evenly distribute the mosquitoes in a targeted fashion.

For any residents anxious about a sudden increase in mosquitos during the trial, it is worth noting that males do not bite or transmit disease to humans.

The study will take place over a 20-week period.

Aedes aegyptis are likely to bite several times before they are full, increasing the chances of the disease spreading.

The Debug Project will be the biggest U.S. study to set free mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia, a common reproductive parasite.

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