Our self-sustaining Wolbachia method in action

After six years of working in northern Queensland communities, long-term monitoring by our researchers show that Wolbachia is self-sustaining at high levels. In areas where high levels of Wolbachia are present, there has been no evidence of local spread of dengue. 

However, our work in Australia is not yet complete. We will continue to monitor Wolbachia levels in the local mosquito populations across Townsville, Charters Towers, Douglas Shire, Cairns and the Cassowary Coast to ensure Wolbachia is self-sustaining at high levels.

Promising results from our trials in Australia have garnered global support for the implementation of the World Mosquito Program’s Wolbachia method in other communities around the world affected by mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya. We are now operating in 10 countries across Asia, Latin America and the Western Pacific and adapting our approach for use in large, urban environments at a low cost.

Community engagement has been key to our success in Australia, and we are continuing to gain support from communities in the nine other countries where we work. It’s wonderful for the local communities and our team who helped pioneer our innovative research, to see that Australian science has the potential to positively impact the lives of millions of people around the world.

Read the latest news from our Australian project team.