zapped: the buzz about mosquitoes

Zapped!

They come out when the weather is glorious. They annoy us, and drive us indoors. It’s us against mosquitoes.

When a female mosquito is sucking your blood, it’s difficult to appreciate her. But she is one of 3500 known mosquito species. Culex mosquitoes are the most dangerous in Canada because they transmit the West Nile virus. For now, it’s controlled. The big challenge comes from the Anopheles and Aedes mosquitoes that spread the malaria parasite and viruses such as dengue.

The doc shows what scientists are doing to prevent that. One is attaching electrodes to mosquitoes’ antennae to find out which of our chemicals they’re attracted to. Some are tracking dangerous mosquitoes in Canada; others are finding out where dengue-bearing mosquitoes are breeding and wreaking havoc in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

ZAPPED: the buzz about mosquitoes is an up-close look at the increasing power this tiny insect has to survive, adapt, and unwittingly infect the whole world. But, we’re smarter than they are, aren’t we?

Produced by Alan and Jean Burke.
Written by Jean Burke.
Directed by Alan Burke.

The entire episode is available on CBC.ca

 

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