Bill and Melinda Gates visited Cairns in 2011 for a personal briefing on the research
We seek feedback and support from residents before we begin a new field trial
We are working closely with the Townsville community to seek input about our research.
With community support, we have released Wolbachia mosquitoes in several north Australian communities
Our specialised team has begun monitoring the mosquito population across Townsville.
Eliminate Dengue Australia
Dengue is not endemic in Australia but frequent outbreaks occur in north Queensland due to travellers bringing the virus into areas where Aedes aegypti mosquitoes occur. Over 1000 cases of dengue were reported in the Cairns and Townsville regions in 2009, Australia’s largest recorded outbreak in over 50 years.
After extensive community engagement and regulatory oversight, we undertook the first releases of Wolbachia mosquitoes in two Cairns communities in 2011. These trials demonstrated that we can implement this approach in the field and that householders, regulators and other stakeholders were highly accepting of the methodology.
Further field trials have examined the ability of different Wolbachia strains to establish in wild mosquito populations. In 2014 we expanded our research to Townsville, where we hope to conduct the first city-wide trial of our Wolbachia method.
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