Genetically modified mosquito release commences in the Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands government strengthened its efforts to protect residents and visitors from zika, dengue and chikungunya with the launch of additional mosquito controls involving the release of genetically modified insects on Thursday.

The public health programme was delayed by two weeks due to legal action by an objector to the initiative. However, a court ruled earlier this week that there were no grounds for the action and lifted the temporary “stay”, a legal proceeding to delay the release, which was imposed on 13 July 2016.

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