First trial begins in Vietnam
On 3rd April the Eliminate Dengue project in Vietnam began the first trial of the Wolbachia dengue control method in that country. The trial is taking place on Tri Nguyen Island, Khanh Hoa province on the south central coast of Vietnam and involves weekly releases of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (pupae) that contain the strongest dengue blocking Wolbachia strain wMelPop.
We will monitor mosquitoes on the Island and determine whether the wMelPop strain establishes in the wild mosquito population. The results of the trial will be reported back to island residents and project collaborators.
Pictured left: Community members from the Island (in blue shirts) are working with the project team to undertake weekly releases of mosquitoes over a three-month period.
Pictured below: The first Wolbachia mosquitoes were placed on Tri Nguyen Island by Dr Tran Nhu Duong (second from right), National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Hanoi assisted by Assoc Prof Vu Sinh Nam, Ministry of Health, Hanoi.