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  • Title: Oxitec: Innovative Insect Control
    Descriptive info: .. Oxitec.. Health.. Mosquito-borne diseases.. Dengue Information Centre.. The need.. Our solution.. How it works.. Our products.. Agriculture.. Benefits.. Who we are.. What we do.. Our team.. Oxitec Facebook Page.. Our awards.. Our principles.. Our pipeline.. News and Views.. All news.. Oxitec in the news.. Resources.. CSO blog.. Your Questions Answered.. Discussion items.. Newsletter.. Publications.. Oxitec Technical Releases.. Press Centre.. Contact Us.. Contact Oxitec.. FAQs.. Work with us.. Welcome to Oxitec!.. Oxitec is a pioneer in controlling insects that spread disease and damage crops.. Through world class science we have developed an innovative new solution to controlling harmful insects pests.. Click.. here.. to find out more about us, or visit our dedicated.. Health.. or.. sections.. Dengue Fever is a growing global problem.. Spread by the.. Aedes aegypti.. mosquito, it infects between 50 and 100 million people annually and reported cases have increased 30-fold in the last 50 years.. Oxitec is pioneering a new and better approach.. to tacking this painful and dangerous disease.. Insect damage can devestate crops and ruin farmers.. Billions of dollars are spent on chemical insecticides each year, but insect pests are still a major problem.. Oxitec has pioneered a new  ...   Ozy.. November 20th 2013.. How to rear genetically modified flies.. October 14th 2013.. Oxitec statement on the independent film ‘Scratching the Surface’.. September 25th 2013.. Oxitec features in the New Scientist Magazine.. September 4th 2013.. Press Release: Oxitec’s olive fly strain could become first GM insect to undergo field evaluation in the EU.. Oxitec s pioneering approach has excited interest around the world.. Access some of the latest news and features here.. Interested in finding out more? Just ask us!.. At Oxitec, we understand the value of public trust and we are committed to transparency and openess in all our activities.. The.. Your Questions Answered.. page has been designed to enable us to listen and respond to questions about our approach and our technology.. Haedes, Aegypta and the Oxitec approach.. Wellcome Trust: Controlling Dengue Fever.. TED Talk: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease.. RIDL Science.. Benefits of RIDL.. Understanding RIDL science.. Risk and regulation.. Safety and sustainability.. Dengue.. NEW e-book!.. Presentations.. Interviews.. t: +44 (0) 1235 832 393 | f: +44 (0) 1235 861 138 |.. facebook.. twitter.. Copyright © 2002-2013 Oxitec Ltd.. All rights reserved |.. Terms conditions.. |.. Privacy Policy.. Web Design Oxford..

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  • Title: Oxitec Health
    Descriptive info: Home.. Dengue fever is the world s fastest growing mosquito-borne disease.. Over 50 million people suffer from this painful and sometimes fatal condition, and 40% of the world s population may be at risk.. Through cutting edge science, Oxitec has developed a ground-breaking new approach to tackling the threat from Dengue using genetic modification to target the mosquitoes which spread the disease.. On these pages, you can access more information about Dengue  ...   our.. for more information on the disease, its symptoms, treatment, and current control methods.. Turn to.. Our solution.. and.. Our products.. to learn more about how our approach can offer a better solution for mosquito control.. Epidemiology.. Symptoms.. Diagnosis and treatment.. Surveillance and monitoring.. The economic burden.. Vector control.. Potential for a vaccine.. Personal case studies.. Singapore dengue case study.. Brazil dengue case study.. Aedes aegypti OX513A.. Aedes aegypti OX3604C.. Aedes albopictus OX3688..

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  • Title: Mosquito-borne diseases | Oxitec
    Descriptive info: Over 1 million people die from mosquito-borne diseases every year, and hundreds of millions more experience pain and suffering from illnesses transmitted by mosquitoes.. Malaria, the most widespread mosquito-borne disease, affects 350-500 million people each year.. Dengue Fever infects between 50-100 million, causing an estimated 25,000 deaths and an enormous economic cost in affected countries which rivals that of Malaria.. Other serious illnesses transmitted by mosquitoes are on the rise.. Chikungunya, Yellow Fever and Eastern Equine Encephalitis are painful and debilitating diseases which can in some cases prove fatal; all are increasing in prevalence.. Although Malaria is transmitted by several different types of mosquito, Dengue Fever is primarily passed on by just two related species, called.. (the Yellow Fever Mosquito) and.. Aedes albopictus.. (the Asian Tiger Mosquito).. Both of these mosquitoes also transmit Chikungunya, Yellow Fever as well as several other viruses, making these tiny insects some of the most dangerous creatures on the planet.. Dengue Fever.. Dengue Fever is the fastest-growing mosquito-borne disease.. It is a serious and sometimes fatal condition, which affects over 50 million people every year.. Read more about this dangerous illness, and how Oxitec is working to control it, in the.. Chikungunya.. Chikungunya is a rapidly emerging viral disease that is also spread by the Aedes mosquitoes.. According to the Centers for  ...   have been infected.. There was also an outbreak in Europe in 2007 in Northern Italy.. The virus is believed to have been introduced into Italy by a vacationer from India and then transmitted by local mosquitoes.. During the outbreak, there were 254 suspected and 78 laboratory-confirmed cases including one death.. Because only a small percentage of infected individuals present for diagnosis, the actual number of cases may be higher.. This outbreak has forced global public health experts to re-evaluate the geographic threat of this mosquito-borne virus.. Further information.. WHO chikungunya factsheet.. Yellow Fever.. Yellow fever occurs in Africa and Latin America and used to be known as ‘Yellow Jack’ among European sailors who visited the tropics.. Once in a community it can spread rapidly.. It is characterised by fever, muscle pain, headache, nausea and vomiting.. Most patients improve and the symptoms will disappear but in some the disease becomes ‘toxic’.. There is high mortality once the disease has entered the toxic phase.. There is no cure for yellow fever but there is a vaccine making monitoring and rapid vaccination critical in stopping the disease once an outbreak occurs.. However it is expensive and availability is not sufficient to protect other parts of the world if the disease should move there from Latin America.. WHO yellow fever factsheet..

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  • Title: Dengue Information Centre
    Descriptive info: Dengue fever is the fastest growing mosquito-borne disease, affecting over 50 million people each year across the world, and continuing to grow both in prevalence and severity.. Dengue symptoms range from mild and flu-like to high fever, rash, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain.. The joint pain can be so severe that Dengue has been given the name ‘breakbone fever’.. Nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite are also common.. In the more severe form, sometimes called dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF), blood vessels start to leak and cause bleeding from the nose, mouth, and gums.. Without prompt treatment, the blood vessels can collapse, causing shock (dengue shock syndrome) and  ...   four different, but related, viruses (known as DENV-1,2,3 and 4).. Once infected, a person can develop a lifelong immunity to that strain of the virus but can become more susceptible to the other three strains.. There is neither specific medication nor vaccine for dengue.. The only way currently to control the disease is to control the mosquito,.. Aedes aegypti.. , which spreads the disease.. Dengue fever occurs in most tropical areas of the world (read more on the.. page).. It is common in Asia, the Pacific, Australia, Latin America and the Caribbean.. A recent Natural Defense Resource Council report shows that 28 US states are now at risk.. •.. WHO dengue fever factsheet..

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  • Title: The need | Oxitec
    Descriptive info: Dengue fever – a growing global threat.. Dengue fever is the world’s fastest growing mosquito-borne disease.. Over 50 million people suffer from dengue fever each year, and 40% of the world’s population may be at risk.. It is quickly becoming even more widespread, and is growing in severity.. The joint pain can be so severe that dengue has been given the name ‘breakbone fever’.. Around 25,000 people die from Dengue Fever each year.. Severe cases require hospitalization and constant monitoring.. Dengue is also an extremely expensive disease, estimated to cost the global economy over US$5 billion per year.. Dengue fever occurs in most tropical areas of the  ...   are now at risk.. Current control methods aren’t working.. The only way currently to control the disease is to control the mosquito which spreads it: the dengue mosquito,.. Existing methods of controlling the dengue mosquito, which include spraying or fogging using chemical pesticides, have failed to stop the spread of the disease.. That’s partly because the mosquitoes have developed resistance, but also because the.. Aedes.. aegypti.. mosquito lives in and around human habitation – even breeding happily in vases, water jars and other vessels in people’s houses – so it can be very difficult to reach.. Further information on dengue:.. Oxitec Dengue information centre.. WHO Dengue fever factsheet..

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  • Title: Our solution | Oxitec
    Descriptive info: The Oxitec approach.. Using advanced genetics and molecular biology Oxitec has developed a new and innovative solution to controlling the dengue mosquito,.. The Oxitec solution harnesses the natural instincts of male mosquitoes to find females in the wild.. Oxitec has used genetic modification to create ‘sterile’ male insects which seek out and mate with females.. After an Oxitec mosquito has successfully mated with a wild female, any offspring that result will not survive to adulthood, so the mosquito population declines.. The Oxitec Control Programme is the system through which Oxitec mosquitoes are released and monitored in a dengue-hit area over a predetermined and sustained period of time.. By applying the Oxitec Control Programme to an area, the mosquito population in that area can be dramatically reduced or eliminated.. The Oxitec approach is targeted at a single species, unlike conventional insecticides or pesticides which kill insects indiscriminately.. This means that, as  ...   US$5 billion annually.. In addition to the high cost of current control methods, and the even higher cost of caring for dengue patients, dengue outbreaks can devastate tourism in countries which often rely on the income which overseas visitors can bring.. The Oxitec solution provides a proven means of protecting people from dengue fever.. It will enable individuals and whole communities to go back to work and get on with their lives free from this dangerous and debilitating disease.. It will alleviate a major economic burden for governments around the world, and free up resources within communities to allow increased spending on other healthcare problems.. Oxitec’s solution can achieve all this because it is:.. More effective than existing approaches.. Safe.. Sustainable.. Protects the environment.. Oxitec is committed to helping people live a life free from dengue.. For more detailed information on the Oxitec approach please visit our pages on.. RIDL science..

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  • Title: How it works | Oxitec
    Descriptive info: Oxitec uses advanced genetics to insert a lethal gene into its mosquitoes.. The gene is passed on to the modified insect’s offspring, so when Oxitec mosquitoes are released into the wild and mate with wild females their offspring inherit the lethality trait.. The resulting offspring will die before reaching adulthood and the local mosquito population will decline.. We call this approach the RIDL technique.. For more information about RIDL and the science behind it please visit our dedicated information pages on..

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  • Title: Our products | Oxitec
    Descriptive info: The yellow fever mosquito,.. , and the Asian tiger mosquito,.. Aedes albopictus.. , are the principal vectors of the viral diseases dengue fever, yellow fever and chikungunya.. Aedes female mosquitoes spread disease by transferring the virus when they bite people to obtain the bloodmeal for the nutrition of their offspring.. As there are no vaccines for dengue or chikungunya, people can only protect themselves by preventing themselves from being bitten – using repellents or physical barriers like clothing – or by killing the mosquitoes.. Aedes mosquito control today relies on mechanical breeding-site reduction, public education and chemical insecticides, including larvicides and adulticides as space  ...   ineffective against the day-biting.. Aedes.. mosquitoes.. Because of the huge diversity of breeding sites Aedes mosquitoes use, it is impossible for human vector-control professionals to identify and treat every breeding site and even intensive spray programs are not effective in reducing mosquito populations to levels below which dengue transmission occurs.. The increase in insecticide resistance is making the problem worse.. A new solution is needed.. Oxitec’s innovative approach harnesses the natural instinct of the male mosquito to seek out females.. We have developed.. strains for both Asia and the Americas to help protect communities from dengue fever, chikungunya and yellow fever.. OX513A.. OX3604C.. OX3688..

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  • Title: Oxitec Agriculture
    Descriptive info: Using advanced genetics Oxitec has developed a new and innovative solution to managing agricultural insect pests.. Insect pests cost the global economy billions every year.. An estimated US$8bn is spent each year on pesticides to control insect pests, but despite this insects continue to damage crops, reducing yields and quality.. On these pages, you can read more about the solutions we ve developed to some of the most damaging agricultural pests around the world.. Diamond back moth.. Pink bollworm.. Medfly.. Mexfly.. Olive fly..

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  • Title: The need | Oxitec
    Descriptive info: Between 20% and 40% of potential food production is still lost every year to insect pests.. That’s despite the fact that more than US$8 billion is spent annually on pesticides.. Losses occur while the crop is growing in the field, when it is in storage and in the home.. Caterpillars and maggots feed directly on leaves and fruits while sucking pests like aphids also spread diseases.. A growing world population is leading to increased demand for food, putting more pressure on producers to grow crops more efficiently and sustainably without compromising standards of safety.. Many growers around the world are adopting Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to produce food in a sustainable  ...   and the environment.. The Oxitec approach to insect pest control improves upon the widely used Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) and is ideal for use in IPM because of its species-specificity and low environmental impact.. Insect predators are also left in the field to provide natural pest control and use of insecticides is reduced or eliminated.. SIT is used around the world on a number of agricultural pests.. These include tephritid fruit flies and the cotton pest pink bollworm.. Oxitec’s new technology makes SIT more affordable, even safer, and applicable to a wider range of crops and pests.. You can read more about SIT and Oxitec’s new approach in our.. Topic pages..

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  • Title: Our solution | Oxitec
    Descriptive info: Through genetic modification rather than irradiation we create ‘sterile’ males of the target species.. This approach harnesses fully the natural instincts of the male insects to find females in the wild.. After an Oxitec insect has successfully mated with a wild female it s offspring will not survive to adulthood (or, depending on the strain, only male offspring will survive).. Through the Oxitec Control Programme, the system by which Oxitec insects are released and monitored, the target insect population in that area can be dramatically reduced or even eliminated..

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