Operation Big Buzz

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In the American state of Georgia in May 1955, there was an operation called Big Buzz. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which carry the yellow fever virus, were not infected for the purpose of the operation, which served as a field test to see if it was feasible to produce, store, load into munitions, and disperse from aircraft the Aedes aegypti mosquito. A secondary objective was to see if the mosquitoes would survive their dispersion and look for food on the ground. About 330,000 uninfected mosquito A million female mosquitoes were developed for the experiment in total; the remainder were employed for studies on loading and storing weapons.