Dengue campaign starts
COOYA Beach resident Peter Merrick is one of the first locals to host a mosquito trap on his property in the new campaign to elimin ate dengue in the shire..
“I jumped at the chance to host a trap when I learnt about the good work the Eliminate Dengue Program is doing,” Mr Merrick said.
“It’s great to a be a part of something that could end dengue outbreaks in our shire as well as helping so many other people around the world.”
With the support of the local community, the eliminand ate Dengue Team plans to release mosquitoes with the Wolbachia virus once a week for 10-12 weeks.
These mosquitoes will breed with wild mosquitoes pass Wolbachia to their offspring.
Over just a few generations, it’s expected that almost all the mosquitoes will carry Wolbachia, which Monash University researchers hope will reduce the mosquitoes’ ability to transmit disease.
The Eliminate Dengue Program developed a natural and safe method to reduce the spread of dengue and other viruses, including Zika.
Wolbachia bacteria reduce the ability of mosquitoes to pass some viruses between people.
One of the eliminate dengue team with a mosquito trap