Eliminate Dengue Vietnam is part of the World Mosquito Program, a global initiative led from Monash University to protect local communities from mosquito-borne diseases.
Mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue are prevalent in Vietnam. The first outbreak of dengue was recorded in Vietnam in 1963. Between 1998 and 2010 more than 1 million cases were reported. Today, dengue is endemic throughout the southern region and central coast, and in largely populated hubs such as Hanoi.
Eliminate Dengue Vietnam was established in 2006 with oversight by the Ministry of Health. The first releases of Wolbachia carrying Aedes aegypti mosquitoes took place on Tri Nguyen Island, near the port of Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa province.
City-wide monitoring is currently underway for the expansion of research trials in to mainland Nha Trang. Since August 2016, the project has been conducting meetings with city, ward and provincial leaders, as well as community representatives to determine the most suitable release sites.
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