Professor Scott O'Neill, Eliminate Dengue Program Leader, thanks the Tubiacanga Housing Association for its ongoing support

The Eliminate Dengue Brazil team regularly meets with community members to discuss our research and the local field trials

Colonies of Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes with Wolbachia are reared at Fiocruz

Eliminate Dengue Brazil

After an absence of more than 20 years, dengue re-emerged in Brazil in 1981. Over the next 30 years 7 million cases were reported. Today, Brazil leads the world in the number of dengue cases with 3.2 million cases and 800 deaths reported from 2009-2014.

Brazil’s first releases of Wolbachia mosquitoes began in September 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, after receiving government approval and support from the local community. Prior to the first release, we spent more than two years monitoring mosquitoes and working with the communities in our field trial sites. 

Following encouraging small-scale trials, EDP began large-scale deployments in Brazil in 2017. During the next two years, the project will reach more than 2.5 million people across the municipalities of Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi. 

The Eliminate Dengue research program has been brought to Brazil by The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), under the guidance of the Ministry of Health.

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