eradicating diseases without impacting the environment
Started with a trial in Darwin, Australia.
Mosquito eggs are injected with Wolbachia bacteria and, once the mosquitoes hatch, they breed with local mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes with Wolbachia are not able to transmit viruses such as dengue and zika, so over time the mosquito population transforms into one which will not transmit these diseases.
Courtesy - World Mosquito Program
Wolbachia bacteria is injected into mosquito eggs before they are hatched
Mosquitoes are released into the local area and breed with local mosquitoes
Once the eggs have been injected with bacteria, the breeding and releasing process is very simple