Volunteers called on to grow mosquitoes in dengue fight

A DENGUE fever research group is calling for thousands of community volunteers to grow and release Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes in north Queensland in a push to eliminate dengue fever. 

Eliminate Dengue Townsville (EDT) began a world-first city-wide trial of 18 suburbs last October when small numbers of Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes were released.

Wolbachia, a symbiotic bacterium occurring naturally in many insects, has been found to inhibit mosquitoes’ ability to transmit dengue but does not occur in the dengue-carrying mosquito, Aedes