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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 - 16:44
New dengue prevention trial launched in Sri Lanka
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A self-sustaining program that helps provide long-term protection for communities from dengue was launched in Sri Lanka today (Feb. 07).
 
Monash University’s World Mosquito Program is set to be rolled out in Sri Lanka following the signing of a Collaboration Agreement between Ministry of Health and Australian High Commissioner.
 
The agreement advances the partnership between Sri Lanka and the WMP in tackling the threat of mosquito borne-viruses such as dengue in Sri Lanka.
 
It comes after Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s announcement last year of the AUD 1 million partnership and funding commitment to help establish the WMP in Sri Lanka.
 
With support from the Australian Government’s innovationXchange, WMP will use its ground-breaking research to trial the introduction of naturally occurring Wolbachia bacteria to Sri Lankan mosquito populations.
 
Wolbachia prevents dengue from being transmitted between people and also has the ability to block other mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika and chikungunya.
 
The program will be established across three sites in the Colombo area over the next 12 months, with the first mosquito releases to take place next year.
 
Sri Lanka is the tenth country to become part of the programme, joining Brazil, Colombia, Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati.
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