Do you live in Douglas, Annandale, Idalia, Oonoonba, Wulguru or Stuart? Here is your chance!

@JCU Do you live in Douglas, Annandale, Idalia, Oonoonba, Wulguru or Stuart? Here is your chance!

Time is running out but you can still sign up to be a part of the Eliminate Dengue team and make a difference.

A global solution to dengue starts in our own backyard and JCU is calling on employees to help combat this disease.

Staff choosing to participate will grow and release mosquitoes that carry Wolbachia - naturally occurring bacteria that reduce the ability of mosquitoes to pass dengue between people. With our help, these mosquitoes will then spread Wolbachia to other mosquitoes in the area and reduce the risk of local dengue transmission.

You can sign up now or call 1800 005 622 and Eliminate Dengue will provide everything you need. It’s so easy!

Eliminate Dengue will also be working in a number of other suburbs in 2016:

  • Douglas
  • Annandale
  • Idalia
  • Oonoonba
  • Wulguru
  • Stuart

People living in these areas can also sign up.

Just add water and let the mozzies do the work!

Participants will receive a Mozzie Box containing Wolbachia mosquito eggs and mosquito food each fortnight for approximately 10-12 weeks.It will take less than a minute to set up the Mozzie Box in a shady place outside.

Over two weeks the eggs will hatch and develop into adult mosquitoes, which then fly out and breed with local mosquitoes, passing Wolbachia to their offspring and subsequent generations.

Together we can establish Wolbachia in the mosquito population, which researchers expect will reduce local dengue transmission.

What the Eliminate Dengue team learns in Townsville will also help them refine their approach for dengue-affected countries around the world, where millions of people get dengue every year.

Eliminate Dengue hopes to deliver the first Mozzie Boxes from August 2016, but they can only begin once they have enough community support. Please sign up now or contact the team on 1800 005 622 if you have any questions about the research.