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Board of Florida Keys Mosquito Control District Approves Investigational Agreement for Effectiveness Trial of Oxitec's Friendly™ Mosquitoes in Monroe County, Florida

OXFORD, England, November 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Oxitec announced today the Board of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) voted to approve the investigational agreement for use of self-limiting Friendly™ mosquitoes in an effectiveness trial to fight against Aedes aegypti, the primary vector for many dangerous viruses including Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. This decision follows the November 8th approval vote by residents in Monroe County, clearly voicing their support for new solutions like Oxitec's in combatting this invasive, disease-carrying mosquito.

"Oxitec commends the Board of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District in this important decision, and we remain very committed to assisting the Florida Keys in their vector control efforts," said Oxitec CEO Hadyn Parry. "Our solution has repeatedly shown it has significant potential to play a meaningful role in controlling invasive...