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Combating Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya in El Salvador

As Zika, dengue, and Chikungunya continue to spread throughout South and Central America, the Aedes aegypti mosquito is proving difficult to eradicate—and fumigation, mosquito nets, and repellent only go so far when the insects can quickly reproduce in even just a tiny bit of standing water.

In El Salvador, Plan International is using biological control methods to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Small tilapia fish, which are native to the country, are being introduced to water barrels, ponds, and drinking-water tanks in homes. The fish love to feast on mosquito larvae and quickly destroy breeding grounds. If there are no insects to spread disease, there will be no diseases!

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