Navigation Links
Moscamed Launches Urban Scale Project Using Oxitec GM Mosquitoes in Battle Against Dengue
Date:6/20/2013

OXFORD, England, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Today Moscamed made the first releases of Oxitec GM mosquitoes to mark the launch of a new programme to control the dengue mosquito Aedes aegypti in the town of Jacobina in the State of Bahia.

In previous trials Moscamed have demonstrated that, using the Oxitec mosquitoes, it is possible to rapidly reduce the number of dengue mosquitoes in a town. In the most recent demonstration in Mandacaru the level of these mosquitoes were reduced by 96% within 6 months and it was shown that this reduction could be maintained for many months including through the time of the year when normally mosquito levels would be at their peak.

The launch of the new programme came at the initiative of Jorge Solla, Secretary of Health for the state of Bahia, who is determined to reduce the threat of dengue fever in the region. In the first three months of 2013, there were 72 registered cases in this city of 48,000 people. There was previously an outbreak with over 1,700 cases and 2 deaths in 2012.

The Mayor of Jacobina, Rui Macedo said "It is a historic fact to be able to deploy this project to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito in our city. This research that aims to reduce the dengue mosquito population is extremely important for the public health of Jacobina. We are really excited with the results that we might achieve through this research".

Moscamed Director Dr Aldo Malavasi said, "The Jacobina programme represents the next step for us in the fight against mosquitoes that spread dengue. We have had wonderful support from the local community, local and state health and vector control officials and national authorities and experts and we are now ready to show that this approach can be used at significant scale to help protect people from these disease carrying mosquitoes. Over the past months we have hired 7 people locally to support the programme and anticipate another 30 new jobs."

The programme of using the Oxitec mosquitoes starts today. Releases of Oxitec mosquitoes will commence in the north west of the town and over the coming months it is planned to progressively control the dengue mosquito throughout the town. Releases will be made two to three times a week.

Supporting Moscamed, Dr Andy McKemey from Oxitec noted "The Jacobina programme marks a significant step up in demonstrating the efficacy and practicality of the Oxitec approach.  Jacobina is some three hours from the main factory so careful planning of logistics for supply, release and monitoring is very important. But at this scale we will also gain a great deal of experience and information in terms of tailoring the control programme to different parts of the town in order to make it as cost efficient as possible. We hope that over time this will provide a lasting solution to the burden of dengue in Jacobina, which has suffered from a high case load in recent years."



About Oxitec Ltd.

Oxitec is a pioneer in controlling insects that spread disease and damage crops. Its products build upon the use of the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT), an effective, species-specific and environmentally friendly method of controlling harmful and damaging insects. Oxitec's first products are for the control of Aedes aegypti, the mosquito species primarily responsible for transmitting dengue fever, and Mediterranean fruit fly, one of the world's most damaging agricultural pests.

Further information:

Website and social networks: http://www.oxitec.com, info@oxitec.com Facebook: Oxitec, Twitter @Oxitec

Contact Michael.conway@oxitec.com

About Moscamed (http://www.moscamed.org.br)

Moscamed is a leading exponent of the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT), an environmentally friendly and proven technique to control insect pests. Moscamed provide both monitoring services and carry out SIT programmes for the control of fruit flies in Brazil.  The trials are funded by Secretary of Health and Secretary  of Science and Technology of State of Bahia

Contact iana@moscamed.org.br

+55-74-3612-5399


'/>"/>
SOURCE Oxitec
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Finesse Solutions Launches Next Generation SmartGlass 3L Bioreactors for Cell Culture and Fermentation
2. Unilife Launches New Corporate Website
3. Elsevier Launches EduCode Doc Briefs to Help Physicians Implement ICD-10
4. Biozoom Launches Sales & Business Development Office In Strategic Southern California Location
5. Marken Successfully Launches Quality Agreement Workshop Series
6. Health Media Network Launches Hispanic & African American Health Networks
7. Natural Molecular Testing Corporation Launches an Expanded Personalized Medicine Panel Built on Luminex Corporations xMAP Technology
8. NovoBioPharma, Partnership of Top Life Science Experts, Launches
9. BlueBin Inc. Launches to Deliver Innovative Overhaul for Ailing Healthcare Supply Chain
10. ECRI Institute Launches New User Experience Network for Medical Devices
11. NeuroSigma Launches Dedicated Website to Introduce Its Monarch eTNS System for Epilepsy and Depression
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/16/2017)... 50 years ago today, the Monterey Pop Festival opened its ... San Francisco "Summer of Love."  To celebrate the anniversary, Northern ... strategic market research portals that it will begin delivering to ... Light,s "Summer of Love (For Our Customers)."  ... Northern ...
(Date:6/14/2017)... , June 14, 2017 The Bio ... City of Fremont and the ... the bio-pharma industry in California ... enabling executive networking, and fostering workforce development. The primary ... and growth of start-ups, as well as small and ...
(Date:6/13/2017)... WARSAW, Ind. , June 13, 2017 Zimmer ... in musculoskeletal healthcare, today announced that the U.S. Food and ... Letter dated June 3, 2015 relating to its ... "The successful clearance of ... China manufacturing facility is a measure of the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:6/27/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Today, June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day. Over half a ... receive adequate care due to lack of effective treatments, fear of stigma or insufficient ... left untreated, veterans are at an increased risk for self-destructive behavior, including alcohol/drug abuse, ...
(Date:6/27/2017)... ... June 27, 2017 , ... Children’s National Health System ... rankings, with its Neonatology program ranking #1 out of more than 1500 neonatal ... to the coveted Honor Roll, a distinction given to the top performing children’s hospitals ...
(Date:6/26/2017)... ... June 26, 2017 , ... Dr. Martin Bastuba, MD, ... collaboration with the Fertility Center of California, is pleased to announce the addition ... aspiration) and TESA (percutaneous testicular sperm extraction). These minimally invasive treatments are primarily ...
(Date:6/26/2017)... ... June 26, 2017 , ... A ... revolutionizing the way women look and feel about themselves and their sexual encounters. ... sexual dysfunction and urinary leakage head on with a ground breaking medical technique ...
(Date:6/26/2017)... ... June 26, 2017 , ... KICKICO , a protocol built ... pledges to solve many catastrophic issues within funding campaigns. KICKICO developers are testing the ... of crowdfunding - the raising of funds through the power of many - has ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):