<img height="1" width="1" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=1475348972529988&amp;ev=PageView &amp;noscript=1">
Why Milton Park?
Getting Here
News & Events
Work Here
2040 Vision
Contact Us

Oxitec mosquitoes helping to fight Zika virus

Published on: 23/02/2016

A solution advanced by Milton Park’s Oxitec is helping to fight the Zika virus in Brazil.

Oxitec will release millions of genetically-engineered male mosquitoes into the native population. When the mosquitoes breed, the females will produce offspring which die before adulthood, reducing the population by up to 90%.

The project has been running in the Brazilian city of Piracicaba for more than a year and has been trying to wipe out the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. A recent letter of intent has been signed with city authorities in Piracicaba to expand the project to 60,000 people.

Oxitec’s CEO, Hadyn Parry said: “We are delighted Piracicaba is encouraged by our strong results and expanding the program. Our new facility will support the roll out of our groundbreaking vector-control across the heart of the city and beyond.

"As the principal source for the fastest growing vector-borne infection in the world in Dengue Fever, as well as the increasingly challenging Zika virus, controlling the Aedes aegypti population provides the best defense against these serious diseases for which there are no cures."

For more information on Oxitec and how they are helping to fight the Zika virus, please visit their website: www.oxitec.com.

  All news stories

Got some news to share?

Tell us about your achievements and what you have been up to.
Submit a story

Submit News

Submission Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions for submitting an event, news story or directory item onto Milton Park’s website: www.miltonpark.co.uk

  1. miltonpark.co.uk is owned and run by MEPC Ltd, owners and managers of Milton Park, Oxfordshire
  2. All submissions are forwarded to the Marketing Executive for approval before upload
  3. Content submitted may be subject to change
  4. Content must be written in good English and grammatically correct
  5. If the submission is not deemed suitable or relevant it will not be uploaded
  6. Content must be clear, easy to read, understandable and relevant to the occupiers of Milton Park
  7. Once uploaded, items are subject to deletion at any time
  8. Upon submission, you will receive a confirmation email with a copy of these terms and conditions for reference
  9. Upon submission, items will be uploaded within 3 working days if suitable
  10. Classifieds are deleted after six months of upload
  11. News stories are archived monthly and remain on the Website for one year
  12. Events are archived monthly and remain on the Website for one year
  13. Companies listed on the website will be removed when leaving Milton Park