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Oxitec and Piracicaba City Hall Start Downtown Release of Friendly™ Aedes

Oxitec and Piracicaba City Hall today start the release of Friendly™ Aedes mosquitoes in downtown Piracicaba, Brazil. São Judas is the first central neighbourhood to receive the mosquito that fights the primary vector of dengue, Zika and chikungunya. A contract for the expansion of the project was signed in late May and will benefit 10 other neighbourhoods as well. Overall, the 11 neighbourhoods host an estimated population of 60,000 residents in an area of 12.5 km2.

"The results obtained so far show that Friendly™ Aedes works and is able to control a serious public health issue that has been affecting the health of Brazilians for decades. We are investing in the expansion of Friendly™ Aedes into the downtown area because, besides working, it is an innovative, sustainable and environmentally friendly tool. I am sure that, by having Friendly™ Aedes, Piracicaba will be a reference point in the fight against dengue fever, Zika and chikungunya across Brazil and across the planet," said Pedro Mello, Piracicaba City Hall's Secretary of Health.

"The Friendly™ Aedes project in the central region will help protect the health of at least 60,000 people. After São Judas, we will begin the treatment of the 10 other neighbourhoods before the end of 2016. We hope to see the first results after 3 to 6 months using Friendly™ Aedes. With this expansion, we reach a new level of operation, helping an increasing number of people and showing that Friendly™ Aedes can be used at any scale," said Glen Slade, Oxitec do Brasil's director.

The neighbourhoods listed along with São Judas for this phase are Centro, Cidade Alta, Cidade Jardim, Clube de Campo, Jardim Monumento, Nova Piracicaba, Nhô Quim, Parque da Rua do Porto, São Dimas and Vila...