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Boost to defence against mosquito-borne viruses

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Monash University’s outstanding leadership of the Eliminate Dengue Program (EDP) has received a $7 million boost from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

The funding will support ongoing work on the EDP to help protect parts of Northern Queensland from dangerous outbreaks of dengue and Zika viruses. It will also promote large-scale overseas use of the program technology, which is currently being applied in six countries and has the potential to globally reduce the threat of mosquito-borne diseases in the future.

Developed by Australian scientists, the non-profit research program is reducing the transmission of such viruses with the use of naturally occurring Wolbachia bacteria. Having achieved positive results in Australia to date, the research team is working with governments and communities in other countries where there is a heightened risk of dengue. 

Campus Travel has recently been appointed to manage the travel for the EDP. 


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