Eliminate Dengue Field Trial - it's not too late!

@JCU Eliminate Dengue Field Trial - it's not too late!

JCU's support for Eliminate Dengue Field Trial has helped increase the level of participation in key suburbs. With their help we hope to reduce the occurrence of dengue in Townsville.

Eliminate Dengue is on the brink of commencing community releases in the next stage of the field trial, moving into Kelso, Rasmussen, Condon, Pallarenda and Rowes Bay.

Do you live in Kelso, Rasmussen, Condon, Pallarenda or Rowes Bay?

It’s not too late.

If you haven’t signed up to participate in Eliminate Dengue’s Townsville field trial, you still can!

James Cook University is working with the research team at Eliminate Dengue to help combat dengue in our neighbourhood and, eventually, around the world.

Thank you to those who have already signed up. James Cook University is excited to have an opportunity to support Eliminate Dengue Townsville, which is about to start work in Kelso, Rasmussen, Condon, Pallarenda and Rowes Bay.

We are calling on staff who live in Kelso, Rasmussen, Condon, Pallarenda or Rowes Bay to join the Eliminate Dengue team by signing up to 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!

During 2016, Eliminate Dengue will be looking for participants in the following suburbs:

  • Kelso
  • Rasmussen
  • Condon
  • Pallarenda
  • Rowes Bay
  • Douglas
  • Annandale
  • Idalia
  • Oonoonba
  • Wulguru

Sign up now to make sure you don’t miss out!

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 mid 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.

For more information, contact:

Emma Bailey

Community Liaison Assistant
Eliminate Dengue: Our Challenge

E emma.bailey@monash.edu |M +61 408 559 293

A Unit 6 | 7 Barlow Street | South Townsville QLD 4810 Australia