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Monday, February 29, 2016

Mosquitoes: Should We Just Wipe Them Out?

With all of the diseases that mosquitoes carry, why not eradicate them? British researcher Dr. Philip McCall explains why it's not that simple. (turkletom/Flickr)

With all of the diseases that mosquitoes carry, why not eradicate them? British researcher Dr. Philip McCall explains why it’s not that simple. (turkletom/Flickr)

The diseases carried by mosquitoes kill hundreds of thousands of people a year, and now there are new concerns about the Zika virus, for which there is no vaccine. So it seems like a simple question: Why not just eradicate all mosquitoes? Scientists say it’s not that simple. Here & Now’s┬áRobin Young speaks with British researcher Dr. Philip McCall.

Guest

  • Dr. Philip McCall, Everett-Dutton Reader in Medical Entomology at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

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