Wolbachia bacteria in mosquitoes
Mosquito-transmitted viral diseases
Scott is the Director of the World Mosquito Program at Monash University. He's spent his academic career at the University of Illinois, Yale University, the University of Queensland and Monash, where he was previously the dean of the Faculty of Science. He leads a large international research collaboration, the World Mosquito Program (formerly known as Eliminate Dengue).
This program has developed the Wolbachia bacteria as a novel method to block the transmission of dengue fever and other mosquito-transmitted viral diseases such as Zika and chikungunya. The global not-for-profit program is conducting field trials of the Wolbachia method in multiple countries.
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A self-defeating success story
A global program in which mosquitoes are implanted with a common bacteria is preventing the spread of viruses such as dengue, Zika and chikungunya – and could help tens of millions of people.