The World Mosquito Program made positive progress to reduce mosquito borne diseases in Fiji.

These mosquito borne diseases are dengue, chikungunya and zika.

This was revealed by the WMP Project Coordinator Aminiasi Tavui during the commemoration of World Mosquito Day in Suva this morning.

Tavui says the program is on track to reduce dengue outbreak in the country.

After completing releases of Wolbachia carrying mosquitoes in Lami, Suva and Nakasi last year, the World Mosquito Program is currently releasing these mosquitoes In Nadi and Lautoka.

Tavui emphasised that once Wolbachia was established in the mosquito population , it would not reduce dengue cases to zero , however it will reduce transmission long term.

Tavui says the program will continue to monitor the progress of the Wolbachia Method.

He added community engagement is important for the program to remain successful.

Wolbachia carrying mosquitoes are safe for people, animals and the environment, however locals are reminded to continue to protect themselves from mosquitoes.

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