Townsville is the location of the Eliminate Dengue Program’s first city-wide field trial, which commenced in 2014. Community releases of mosquitoes with Wolbachia have now been completed in Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4, thanks to the help of thousands of local participants.
Stage 1: South Townsville, Townsville City, North Ward, Belgian Gardens, West End, Garbutt, Currajong, Vincent, Aitkenvale, Pimlico, Mysterton, Hermit Park, Hyde Park, Rosslea, Mundingburra, Railway Estate, Gulliver, Castle Hill
Stage 2: Kirwan, Thuringowa Central, Cranbrook, Mount Louisa, Heatley
Stage 3: Pallarenda Rowes Bay, Kelso, Rasmussen, Condon
Stage 4: Annandale, Douglas, Idalia, Wulguru, Oonoonba, Stuart
We will be carrying out monitoring activities in these areas throughout 2017. We expect to see Wolbachia sustained at high levels in the local mosquito population, reducing the risk of dengue, Zika, and other mosquito-borne viruses in these high-risk areas.