This article addresses only one aspect of prevention of Zika virus caused disease; it is the fifth in a series. For previous writings on the subject and to contextualize this writing, please refer to my blog.
2. Wolbachia is an endosymbiont in arthropods, living in over half of the insects alive, so it is already present in nature.
3. Introducing Wolbachia into a new species of insect is not a difficult task, and has been accomplished in the lab easily enough.
4. Introduction of Wolbachia into a new species is essentially a one-time event as the process self propagates, making this form of control relatively inexpensive.
5. As we watch Wolbachia spread from insect species to insect species, it seems plausible to believe that this will happen in Aedes aegypti, sooner or later, and that all we are doing is speeding up that time.
6. It is always better to work with nature, instead of fighting it. Here this introduction of bacteria into the mosquito is nature evolving not us trying to stop nature from doing what nature wants to do. A much more likely formula for success.
7. In fact, this form of vector control has begun in several countries, and seems to be succeeding. Overall Zika virus transmission is down AND we are not killing other insect species at the same time.