Aedes aegypti in the Florida Keys
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are a non-native species in the United States, and the female can spread serious diseases such as dengue, Zika, yellow fever and chikungunya. In past years the state has seen locally transmitted cases of both Zika and dengue.
The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) has been working hard to reduce the Aedes aegypti pest in the region. However, this species is difficult to control with current tools, so the district is looking for helpful ways to keep mosquito populations down to an acceptable level. Our technology is a tool they would like to test in the fight against mosquitoes.
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Monroe County Votes in Support of Florida Keys Mosquito Control District Conducting an Effectiveness Trial Utilizing Oxitec’s Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes
FLORIDA KEYS MOSQUITO CONTROL DISTRICT
Transfer of Regulatory Jurisdiction for Oxitec’s Self-limiting Friendly™ Aedes in the United States
We are partnering with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) on a pilot project of our Friendly™ Mosquitoes.
We will work with the FKMCD to coordinate the project once we have received regulatory approval. Our male Friendly™ Mosquitoes will be released in the pilot study area and project results made available to the public.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a “Finding of No Significant Impact,” following an extensive environmental assessment review, and public comment period, meaning that our mosquitoes have no significant adverse impact on human health, animal health and the environment.
Regulatory jurisdiction for mosquito control tools has now moved to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and we are currently working with the EPA towards registration of Friendly™ Mosquitoes.
We have been talking about the project with members of the public in the Florida Keys and a referendum in 2016 showed that Monroe County residents are supportive of the technology, with 31 of 33 precincts voting in favor of the Friendly™ Mosquito project. We will continue to conduct community engagement activities in the coming months, and also encourage residents wanting to learn more about the project to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.