Join the Eliminate Dengue program

@JCU Join the Eliminate Dengue program

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

It’s your turn.

Join the team and make a difference

A global solution to dengue starts in your own backyard and JCU is calling on employees to take action against this disease.

Thank you to everyone who signed up in Kirwan, Mount Louisa, Thuringowa Central, Cranbrook and Heatley. Work to combat dengue is now underway in your suburb.

In the coming months, Eliminate Dengue Townsville will expand into Kelso, Rasmussen, Condon, Pallarenda and Rowes Bay. We are calling on our staff 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!

Did you know?

There are 390 million dengue infections around the world each year, and current methods of dengue control are often ineffective and expensive.

The Eliminate Dengue research program is developing a natural and safe method to reduce the spread of dengue, which has the potential to greatly reduce the global burden of dengue.

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.