Jeddah — The Jeddah Municipality recently launched a project to use environmentally friendly technologies to combat dengue fever as part of its environmental preservation initiative.
Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease that spreads rapidly. Dengue virus is transmitted by the female species of mosquitoes, mainly of the species Aedes aegypti.
The project plans to use environmentally friendly mosquitoes to reduce the number of mosquitoes that transmit dengue fever.
This method has proven successful in many countries that have suffered from this problem, such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Australia.
Initially, Indonesia used the Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes. The mosquitoes infected with “miraculous” bacteria restrict the insect’s ability to spread dengue.
Indonesia conducted its initial trials in Yogyakarta city. The World Mosquito Program team said it could be a solution to a virus spread around the world.
The Jeddah project aims to find solutions that preserve public health, limit the spread of diseases in society, and provide a hygienic environment free of chemical pesticides.
The project is placed within the joint national efforts to improve the quality of life in cooperation with the Public Health Authority ‘Weqaya’ and the King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).