The fourth phase of the Wolbachia project has already released 32 million wolbits in the 33 districts of the capital, which are dengue mosquitoes carrying the Wolbachia bacterium. The aim is to reduce the incidence of Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya.
According to Health Minister Flávio Britton, after noting the effectiveness of the project, the goal is now to extend the initiative to other cities in the state that also suffer from these cases. However, public participation in keeping backyards, gutters and reservoirs clean is essential.
Once the first four phases of the project, consisting of mosquito spreading in the suburbs and monitoring of results, are completed, the Fifth Phase, scheduled for July this year, will begin with community participation involving 21 districts, mainly in the central area. within the precincts of.
In Campo Grande, the project is expected to be completed in February 2023, and monitoring and delivery of results will continue until January 2024.
Wolbachian method – Wolbachia is an intracellular bacterium that occurs in 60% of natural insects but was not present in Aedes aegypt. When present in a mosquito, it prevents the development of Dengue, Zika, Chikungunya and yellow fever viruses. There is no genetic modification in mosquitoes or bacteria.
The Wolbachia method consists of releasing Aedes aegypt with Wolbachia to reproduce with the native Aedes aegypt and to create a new population of these mosquitoes, all with this bacterium. Over time, the percentage of mosquitoes carrying Wolbachia will increase until it remains high with no additional emissions.
The Wolbachia method, developed by the World Mosquito Program in Australia, is an international non-profit initiative that seeks to combat mosquito-borne diseases. Currently, the method, which works in 12 countries and more than 20 cities, has shown promising results in different locations.
In Brazil, the method is being implemented by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) with funding from the Ministry of Health in collaboration with local governments. The WMP method is currently being implemented in Campo Grande (MS), Petrolina (PE) and Belo Horizonte (MG) with funding from the Ministry of Health and in collaboration with local government and several other regional partners.
(According to information from the Government)
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