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Mutant mosquito release delayed by courts

A stay from the courts has derailed government’s plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes in West Bay.

The 11th hour court order Wednesday evening delayed the programme, which was expected to have its first batch of genetically modified mosquitoes unleashed Thursday (14 July) in an effort to combat disease carrying Aedes Egypti species.

The Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) says it’s spent months formulating a plan for Zika’s arrival on our shores and now it’s time to move on releasing the mutant mosquitoes in West Bay, but it will have to wait a little longer.

The MRCU says it believes this is the best way to go to battle with those mosquitoes that carry diseases like dengue, chikingunya and Zika. However, concerns over the release of genetically modified mosquitoes into the natural environment found their way to the courts.

We’ll have more tonight on Cayman 27 News at six.

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Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman is a Caribbean journalist with more than 15 years in the industry. Her roots steeped in print journalism, she made the transition to television in 2007. A reporter and talk show host in the Cayman Islands, she has focused on political and social issues affecting the community. She took the helm of the news product at Hurley's Media Ltd. as News Director in November, 2015. Ms Sulliman was raised in Trinidad & Tobago and graduated with honours in French Linguistics and Professional Writing from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. She is a proud mother and privileged to call the Cayman Islands home.

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