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View the latest updates from the World Mosquito Program in Townsville and surrounding locations.

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

After conducting extensive laboratory studies to examine the impact of Wolbachia on dengue virus transmission and engaging with the Townsville community to explain our Wolbachia method and gain their consent, we began releasing Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes in 2011.

(Date updated June 2023)

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Number of people reached
Total area reached
128 km²
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Release areas around Townsville and surrounds include:

Aitkenvale, Annandale, Belgian Gardens, Castle Hill, Charters Towers, Condon, Cranbrook, Currajong, Douglas, Garbutt, Gulliver, Heatley, Hermit Park, Hyde Park, Idalia, Ingham North, Ingham South, Kelso, Kirwan, Mount Louisa, Mundingburra, Mysterton, North Ward, Oonoonba, Pallarenda, Pimlico, Railway Estate, Rasmussen, Rosslea, Rowes Bay, South Townsville, Thuringowa Central, Townsville City, Vincent, West End, and Wulguru-Stuart.

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Progress updates

We’ve been working with communities in Australia since 2011 to help prevent mosquito-borne diseases. Read our progress updates to see our latest news.

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