Eliminating Dengue and Zika in our backyard

@JCU Eliminating Dengue and Zika in our backyard

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James Cook University is working with our friends at Eliminate Dengue to help combat dengue and Zika in our community and, eventually, around the world.

Dengue infects an estimated 390 million people around the world each year, while the effects of Zika virus have been well documented in the past few months.

The Eliminate Dengue program has developed a natural and safe method to reduce the spread of dengue and Zika, which they are implementing at our Townsville campus over the next few months.

You may notice Eliminate Dengue’s Mozzie Boxes hanging up around the campus.

These Mozzie Boxes are growing and releasing mosquitoes that carry Wolbachia - naturally occurring bacteria that reduce the ability of mosquitoes to pass some diseases between people. The adult mosquitoes fly out and breed with local mosquitoes, passing Wolbachia to their offspring and subsequent generations.

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It’s hoped that Wolbachia will establish in the mosquito population, reducing the risk of dengue and Zika transmission

We do not expect people to notice an increase in mosquito numbers and we remind everyone to continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites as usual.

If you’d like more information, contact the Eliminate Dengue team on 1800 005 622.

You can also find them on Facebook – Eliminate Dengue Australia.

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