Help eliminate dengue - last chance

@JCU Help eliminate dengue - last chance

Your last chance to be a part of the team and make a difference

Time is running out to get involved in Eliminate Dengue’s Townsville field trial.

If you live in Kirwan, Mount Louisa, Heatley, Cranbrook or Thuringowa Central, sign up today so you don’t miss out!

You can help Eliminate Dengue combat dengue in your neighbourhood and, eventually, around the world.

Dengue infects an estimated 390 million people 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 they are trialling across Townsville.

You are invited 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, they hope to establish Wolbachia 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!

We will also be commencing work in a number of other suburbs in 2016:

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

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 is delivering the mozzie boxes, but they need community support. Please sign up now or contact the team on 1800 005 622 if you have any questions about the research.