Monday, October 22, 2012

Animated Doodle Video of Wolbachia | Eliminate Dengue Project

As many readers of this blog know, the Wolbachia | Eliminate Dengue Project is a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation project spearheaded by Scott O'Neill at Monash University in Melbourne.  Ive posted on it recently here. Yesterday, they posted this great animated doodle video for everyone to understand how Wolbachia, a bacterial infection of arthropods, is being used to stop mosquito transmission of dengue virus, the causative agent of Dengue (a.k.a bone break) fever.

Is this serious? You betcha. The World Health Organization estimates that over 40% of the world's population is at risk and a whopping 100 million dengue virus infections occur worldwide each year. Numbers of infection are also on the rise.

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