Onishchenko: U.S May Have Intentionally Infected Mosquitoes With the Zika Virus


Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

16th February, 2016


The former head of Rospotrebnadzor, Gennady Onishchenko said that from 2012 onwards the Black Sea coast recorded the occurrence of a species of mosquito that can act as vectors of the Zika virus.

“It bothers me, because somewhere in 100 km from this place, where today the mosquito lives, in the closest approximation to our borders is a military Microbiology laboratory in the United States army,” — said Onishchenko in an interview to the BBC.

As noted, Gennady Onishchenko expressed concerns about the possibility of intentional contamination of mosquitoes with the Zika virus.

“This combination – the presence of American laboratory and the presence of this mosquito – my concern is from the point of view of deliberate interference in the natural course of the epidemiological process. This dramatically increases the possibility that the mosquitoes, which I speak of, can be contaminated, deliberately contaminated,” said the former head of Rospotrebnadzor.

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