Largest bus terminal in Latin America chooses Oxitec’s Friendly™ Aedes to protect travelers from disease-carrying mosquitoes
The Tietê terminal welcomes 90,000 travelers every day, connecting São Paulo to more than 1,000 cities in 21 Brazilian states, as well as cities in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
Oxitec will deploy its Friendly™ Aedes, an ecological and effective alternative to pesticides to fight against the mosquito vector of dengue, Aedes aegypti – on the Tietê terminal, with immediate effect until the end of the 2021-22 mosquito season, with the aim of resuming deployments during the 22-23 season at the Tietê terminal and expanding to d other bus terminals in São Paulo and other cities.
Aedes aegypti is an invasive mosquito responsible for transmitting diseases such as dengue fever, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever. Unlike some other mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti flies and stings easily during the day, colonizes urban communities, and is difficult to control using conventional methods such as insecticide spraying. Included between December 2021 and January 2022, the state of São Paulo recorded 4,961 cases of dengue fever. Chikungunya was also a concern in the state, and an alert was issued by the Ministry of Health when the number of people affected increased from 281 in 2020 to 18,200 in 2021, an increase of more than 6,000. %.
Gray Frandsen, CEO of Oxitecsaid: “We are extremely proud of this vote of confidence in our Friendly™ mosquito repellent solution from one of from Brazil the most avant-garde companies, which highlights the demand for Brazil for highly effective and environmentally sustainable pesticide alternatives for the management of disease-carrying mosquitoes.”
Natalia Verza FerreiraCountry Director of Oxitec in Brazilsaid, “Socicam and Oxitec share values and principles, as both companies prioritize sustainable practices while working day and night to serve communities. The deployment of our Friendly™ Aedes solution to control the dengue mosquito in a highly urbanized area such as the Tietê terminal will benefit thousands of people every day when traveling between work and home, to visit friends and family or to go on a well-deserved vacation. It will be an honor to deploy our technology with the Socicam team to protect this important public space and its community from dangerous Aedes aegypti.”
Oxitec is the leading developer of insect-based biological solutions to control pests that transmit disease, destroy crops and harm livestock. Founded in 2002 in University of Oxford, Oxitec is led by a passionate team of 15 nationalities and supported by world-class partners. Learn more about oxitec.com.