In partnership with the community, the team will now be trialling a new method using mosquito eggs

Students are growing and releasing their own Wolbachia mosquitoes as part of their school science project in Paris, Colombia

Eliminate Dengue Colombia expands field trials into Nueva Jerusalén in 2016

Eliminate Dengue Colombia

More than 25 million people, over half Colombia’s population, are at risk of dengue and a number of large-scale outbreaks have occurred in recent years. In 2010, Colombia experienced its largest dengue outbreak to date when more than 157,000 cases were reported.

In May 2015 the community of Paris, in the Bello neighbourhood, welcomed the country’s first release of Wolbachia mosquitoes. We hope this will be the first step towards establishing Wolbachia in the mosquito population and reducing local dengue transmission.

The release came after almost two years of work in the laboratories at PECET, University of Antioquia and extensive engagement with the local community. Local and national government officials have thrown their support behind the project, in the hope it can offer a cost-effective, sustainable alternative to current dengue control approaches.

Eliminate Dengue Colombia is now preparing for large-scale expansion in the state of Antioquia to cover an area of more than 2 million residents. Over the next 2-3 years, planned deployments will scientifically measure the impact of Wolbachia on the transmission of mosquito-borne disease. This research is expected to demonstrate a significant reduction in new cases of dengue, Zika and chikungunya.

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