Urban Vector Control
Zika and other mosquito borne disease control
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In this short film, our partner Valent BioSciences explores the threat posed by mosquito-borne illnesses such as Zika and how, with new tools and techniques, health officials are fighting back.
With a growing urban population and a rise in international travel, the world faces a number of public health challenges - not least the threat of mosquito-borne illnesses such as Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue. Urban environments provide the perfect habitat for the container-breeding mosquitoes that carry these diseases. Yet due to their nature, these habitats are often numerous and arduous to locate and treat, making the control of mosquito populations and the spread of disease a significant challenge.
In response to the rising threat, health officials around the world are doing ground-breaking work to control and limit the spread of these viruses, combining their understanding of vector biology with proven targeted solutions. Through large-scale organised application of larvicides and adulticides, along with an efficient and effective data-driven approach, health officials in areas such as Cambodia, Malaysia and Florida have significantly reduced the incidence of dengue. Their work offers hope that we have both the science and the tools to manage and mitigate outbreaks of other mosquito-transmitted diseases like Zika—in the Americas and beyond.
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