Experimental Zika Oxitec Plan Faces Skepticism In Public
By Julia Simpson – June 19, 2016
As the biotechnologists from Oxitec planned to use genetically modified mosquitoes to help control the spread of the Zika virus, public opinion changes. People in Key Haven, Fla. fear about the risks and potential unintended consequences of Oxitec-lab mosquitos.
According to the June survey released by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that 58 percent of residents in the Key Haven study site do NOT support this governmental plan. But the national survey showed support to this idea — 78 percent approved this approach.
In Key Haven, local mosquito control authorities plan to take a public vote in August to assess public sentiment on Oxitec’s plan.