KUALA LUMPUR, April 2 2019 : The government will be launching an operation to release mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria in 10 localities in July to boost control of dengue, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
She said the move was decided following the success of the pioneer programme in five localities conducted since 2017 in which nearly four million Wolbachia-infected Aedes mosquitoes were released.
“Wolbachia-infected mosquito is an innovation to tackle the rising dengue cases by injecting Wolbachia bacteria into Aedes Aegypti mosquito eggs.
“The Wolbachia-infected mosquito will inhibit the growth of the dengue virus in the mosquito and subsequently inhibit the spread of the dengue virus,” she told reporters after chairing a National Level Committee on Dengue at Parliament building here today.
She added, with the technique, the committee is targeting a reduction of between 60 to 70 per cent dengue cases in the released locality and thus reducing the mortality rate for dengue. – Bernama