Melaka Does Not Intend To Release GMO Mosquitos To Control Dengue

MELAKA, July 14 (Bernama) -- The Melaka state government does not intend to carry out a project to release 'genetically modified organism' (GMO) mosquitos to control Aedes although the state recorded a significant increase in dengue fever cases.

Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the effectiveness of the method had yet to be fully tested and in addition, it was feared the method could give a bad effect if implemented.

"We have no problem regarding the cost of its implementation, it's just that we fear if the mosquitos are released, the situation does not improve but instead worsens," he told reporters after opening a briefing on the introduction of the green technology to principals and headmasters in the state, here today.

He said this when asked to comment if the Melaka state government was prepared to implement the project to release the GMO mosquitos although the federal government postponed the implementation momentarily due to the high cost involved and that its effectiveness had yet to be tested.

Yesterday, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said the proposal to release the GMO mosquitos in four selected states involved a total cost of RM100 million.

Idris said 1,043 cases of dengue fever were recorded in the state from January this year until July 5, compared with 256 cases during the corresponding period of 2013.


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