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The World Mosquito Program is working in Australia to protect local communities from mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever.

The World Mosquito Program's self-sustaining method uses safe, natural bacteria called Wolbachia to reduce the ability of mosquitoes to transmit viruses between people.

With strong community support and government approval, we have been working in dengue-prone areas across northern and far northern Queensland since 2011, including large parts of the Cairns and Townsville regions. The cornerstone of our approach is community engagement, with tens of thousands of Queenslanders supporting our projects.

WMP in Australia
Project status
Post-release monitoring
Release sites
7
Target population
312,183
Total reach so far
312,183
Size of the project
299.41 kmĀ²
Far North Queensland is now essentially a dengue-free area for the first time in well over 100 years.
Dr Richard Gair
Director and Public Health Physician, Tropical Public Health Services, Cairns
Dr Richard Gair
Australia
 
Australia

Release areas

Since 2011, the World Mosquito Program has been working in dengue-prone areas across northern and far northern Queensland, including large parts of the Cairns and Townsville regions.

WMP in Australia
 
Meet the team

Our Australian team

Our dedicated team is working hard to monitor and support the projects in northern Australia from our Oceania hub.