The Courier-Mail

Mos­quito trial may have squashed dengue fever

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TOWNSVILLE may have bid good rid­dance to the scourge of dengue fever fol­low­ing the suc­cess of a field trial to erad­i­cate the mos­quito borne dis­ease.

The city hasn’t recorded a lo­cally ac­quired case of dengue fever for more than a year, sug­gest­ing the work of the city­wide Elim­i­nate Dengue pro­ject had paid off.

The pro­ject has es­tab­lished nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring wol­bachia bac­te­ria, which stops dengue trans­mis­sion, within lo­cal dengue-car­ry­ing aedes ae­gypti mos­quito pop­u­la­tions.

Mosquitoes car­ry­ing wol­bachia were first re­leased in Oc­to­ber last year and the bac­te­ria was passed to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Thou­sands of Townsville res­i­dents did their bit to help the team by host­ing a mos­quito re­lease con­tainer on their prop­erty.

Mayor Jenny Hill said the break­through was great news.

“I’ve been in Townsville when we’ve had two ma­jor dengue out­breaks, work­ing with the hos­pi­tal I saw the ef­fect it had on the com­mu­nity,” Cr Hill said.

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