The Indian Council of Medical Research has joined hands with an Australian University to develop a strategy to use bacteria for dengue control, the government today said.
"A Task Froce on dengue control has been formulated and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Monash University in Australia under the 'Eliminate Dengue' programme collaboration in February," Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.
She said that the collaboration with Monash University proposes to develop a strategy and test the efficacy of Wolbachia-based Aedes-aegypti (mosquito transmitting dengue) control in India.
Wolbachia are bacteria that are naturally found in few insects including mosquitoes.
"Among mosquitoes they have not been naturally found in Aedes-aegypti and Anopheles species. The mosquito strains of Wolbachia are considered biological control agents for the vector-borne diseases control," Patel said.
She also said that Pune-based National Institute of Virology has developed an indigenous Japanese Encephalitis (JE) vaccine Jen Vac in public private partnership with Bharat Biotech.
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