Mosquito trial may have squashed dengue fever
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.