Dengue cam­paign starts

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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