Dec 09, 2019

Wolbachia bacteria to be released to control dengue Featured

The  Health Ministry  has taken steps to introduce a bacteria called Wolbachia to control the spread of dengue mosquitoes.

Accordingly, the bacteria would be released into the environment in February.

The Wolbachia bacteria has been used successfully in Australia to eradicate dengue mosquitoes  and this bacteria was introduced after years of laboratory testing and field testing. Therefore, the Health Ministry has taken steps to release the Wolbachia bacteria into the environment in Sri Lanka.

This was stated by the Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Health Dr. Paba Palihawadana during a media briefing held recently.

The pilot project is scheduled to be carried out in 25 Grama Niladhari Divisions, According to the Health Ministry Deputy Director General.

Australia was the first country in the world to release the bacteria to control the mosquito-borne diseases. The city of Townsville in the state of Queensland, Australia hasn’t seen a single case in the last four years, despite being in the perfect habitat for the disease.

The World Mosquito Eradication Program states that it is timely to introduce the bacteria Wolbachia, to control one of the worst epidemics in the world.

The bacteria is being used successfully in 12 countries, including Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, the Pacific Islands, Vietnam, India, and Mexico.