Aedes aegypti in the Cayman Islands

Aedes aegypti is a non-native species in the Cayman Islands. These mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance as they can spread serious diseases such as dengue fever, yellow fever, Zika and chikungunya. Aedes aegypti is particularly difficult to control as it lives around humans, and the MRCU is looking for new technologies to suppress the population of these disease carriers.

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West Bay
Population: 1,800 residents


West Bay

We are collaborating with the Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) on a project deploying the Friendly™ Mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands.

MRCU conducted the first ever outdoor releases of our mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands in 2009-10. In 2017, we finished a pilot project in West Bay, a region of Grand Cayman that is a hot-spot for the Aedes aegypti mosquito. An area of 1,800 residents was treated with Friendly™ Mosquitoes, alongside standard mosquito control measures.

Releases of Friendly™ Mosquitoes in West Bay began in July 2016, following approval by national regulatory authorities and several months of community engagement activities.