The Mosquito Research and Control Unit and biotechnology company Oxitec are inviting the public to attend a meeting Tuesday night to discuss the planned release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in West Bay.
The meeting will take place at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School at 7 p.m.
Residents are invited to learn more about the new mosquito control measures that will be rolled out in West Bay.
Oxitec and the Cayman Islands Mosquito Research and Control Unit recently announced a new plan to fight Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that spreads dengue, Zika and chikungunya, to prevent the threat of these diseases in Grand Cayman.
The Mosquito Research and Control Unit is planning a multi-phase rollout of Oxitec’s solution to tackle the mosquito.
The first phase of the project will include a series of activities to inform the community about the program. Over two months, Oxitec and MRCU staff will provide information to residents about the program, how the solution works and its effectiveness.
The next phase will be deployment of Oxitec’s solution, initially to treat an area with about 1,800 residents in West Bay, while an equivalent area without the Oxitec treatment will be used for comparison. Then, subject to appropriate approvals and funding, the goal of the program is to expand across the remainder of the island to reduce the population of the dangerous mosquitoes and help eliminate the diseases they carry.
Light refreshments will be served.