Aedes aegypti mosquitoes transmit dengue virus between people
We are developing and refining a natural method to reduce the spread of dengue
Over 2.5 billion people in 100 countries are at risk of dengue infection
Wolbachia mosquitoes are released with community support and government approval
Bill Gates received a personal briefing on Eliminate Dengue's operations in Yogyakarta in April 2014
Our research program is developing a new approach to control mosquito-transmitted diseases
We are using naturally occurring bacteria - called Wolbachia- that reduce the ability of mosquitoes to transmit harmful human viruses such as dengue, chikungunya, and Zika. We have shown our approach works when we introduce Wolbachia into mosquitoes in the laboratory, and we have been conducting open trials with dengue-affected communities since 2011.
Wolbachia bacteria can be used in a number of ways, including to suppress mosquito populations. However, the Eliminate Dengue Program's Wolbachia method is unique because it uses the bacteria to stop viruses from growing inside the mosquito and being transmitted between people. The method is self-sustaining and has the potential to transform the fight against life-threatening viral diseases.