Despite the ongoing challenges, Entomologist Perran Ross is upbeat about Wolbachia’s role in stopping dengue around the world

A Melbourne-based scientist has crossed all limits of dedication to find a cure for diseases such as dengue, zika and other viruses that are spread by mosquitoes. Entomologist Perran Ross fed himself to thousands of mozzies to find a cure for the disease.

The researcher, on Twitter, shared a gif of himself getting bitten by mosquitoes. The gif showed Ross’s arm as lunch for a swarm of mosquitoes infected with a bacterium ‘Wolbachia’.

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He also shared an image getting his arm bitten by mosquitoes, and wrote, “Record day of mosquito blood-feeding today. ~5000 female mosquitoes fed and 16 mL of blood lost.”

Despite the ongoing challenges, Ross is upbeat about Wolbachia’s role in stopping dengue around the world. Ross explains that “It is going to be expensive and it requires a lot of community engagement and planning.” “But I think it’s possible,” he added.

Many netizens reacted to his video shared of his experiments with mosquitoes

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