The World Mosquito Program (WMP) is working in Mexico, where mosquito-borne diseases are a growing threat to regional health security. The WMP’s self-sustaining method uses natural bacteria called Wolbachia to reduce the ability of mosquitoes to transmit viruses between people.
In Mexico, dengue infection rates are projected to increase by 40% in the next 50 years, with a number of large-scale outbreaks occurring in recent years. Similarly, the number of Zika cases rapidly increased following a global outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease in 2015.
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 4,472 confirmed cases. For that period, La Paz had the highest numbers of confirmed cases in Mexico.
In March 2018, the WMP established a partnership with the Baja California Sur Health authorities to establish Mexico’s first project in La Paz. Local and national government officials are supporting the project in Mexico, in the hope it can offer a long-term, self-sustaining alternative to current vector control approaches.
The WMP is currently working with communities to gain acceptance and support, with the first mosquito releases to take place in La Paz in late 2018. The WMP’s partnership with BCS Health authorities and the Federal Government is funded by the Candeo Fund of Christy Walton through the International Community Foundation (ICF).
In late 2017, we reached more than 1 million people with releases of our Wolbachia carrying mosquitoes. This number is expected to increase as we scale up and continue to deliver our approach globally.
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