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Will Wolbachia help defeat dengue?

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One of the Wellcome Trust’s areas of focus for research funding is combatting infectious disease. We have recently agreed a strategic award of over £7.5 million to continue development of an effective and sustainable approach to reducing the transmission of dengue fever. The research is an international collaboration and project leader Professor Scott O’Neill, Monash University, Australia explains its importance…

Dengue fever is ranked by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the most important mosquito-borne viral disease in the world. With an estimated 390 million dengue infections annually, leading to tens of thousands of deaths, the hospitalisation of millions creates extremely high social and economic costs in developing countries.

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