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View the latest updates from the World Mosquito Program in La Paz.

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

In Mexico, dengue infection rates are projected to increase by 40 per cent in the next 50 years. Dengue poses a significant health burden across communities in La Paz, an urban area in the state of Baja California Sur. During 2013 and 2014, Baja California Sur experienced a dengue epidemic, with 4472 confirmed cases. For that period, La Paz had the highest numbers of confirmed cases in Mexico.

After conducting laboratory studies to examine the impact of Wolbachia on dengue and chikungunya viruses, and engaging with the community to explain our Wolbachia method and gain their acceptance, we started releasing Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes across La Paz in 2019.

WMP in Mexico
Project status
Releasing mosquitoes across La Paz urban area
Release areas
2
Target population
253,840
WMP in Mexico
 
Mexico

Progress updates

We’ve been working with communities in Mexico since 2017 to help prevent mosquito-borne diseases. Read our progress updates to see our latest news.