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 8090 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.
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.