Measuring the impact of Wolbachia in controlling the transmission of viruses
Following recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) in March and April this year, a meeting was held in Medellín, Colombia on 3-4 October 2016 to discuss ways to measure the impact of Wolbachia in reducing the transmission of viruses. Participants discussed opportunities for an epidemiological study to evaluate the effectiveness of mosquitoes with Wolbachia in controlling the transmission of dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses.
Members from PAHO, the Ministry of Health in Antioquia, Medellín, and Bello, the National School of Public Health, and the Imperial College were invited to form an independent evaluation committee to help inform whether the new strategies will be a success. Epidemiologists from the Eliminate Dengue Program were also present to provide expert advice and to assist in developing the proposed strategy.