Mosquito Alert is a project with the goal of detecting tiger and yellow fever mosquitoes, controlling their spread and reducing the risk of transmission diseases.
We are creating a web map and where we need the collaboration of citizens. How? Very easily: download our app and take pictures of mosquitoes or breeding sites, or just classifying the pictures upload by other citizens.
Why is it important?
Because the presence of these mosquitoes can put at risk our health, as they are carrying diseases like Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika. If we gather as much information as possible in real time, we will be able to better predict their expansion and handle the risks on time.
Mosquito Alert is a project co-created by different research institutions (CEAB-CSIC, CREAF) and funded by la Obra Social la Caixa. This portal is co-funded by Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología–Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad.
NOTE: the app does not give you access to the map, the results are here
Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus)
Yellow Fever (Aedes aegypti)
These two species are invasive and diseases vectors. They have in common that they are small, dark and with white strips in all their body and legs. They live mostly in urban areas, where they breed in small recipients with stagnant water.
And how do you distinguish them? Very easily: the tiger mosquito is dark, (very dark!) and has only ONE white strip in their head and thorax (it's back).
However, the yellow fever mosquito is brown dark (very dark!) and has FOUR white stripes with the shape of a lira in the thorax. Just double check their thorax (backs) to identify them properly!.
Dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya, and zika are viral diseases that are transmitted via arthropods (as the mosquitoes that we are looking for in this project) that act as transmission vectors.
These diseases have grown in the last 50 years due to the expansion of the tiger and yellow fever mosquitoes to new geographic areas like Spain. For this reason, knowing and understanding their geographical distribution and their presence is very important to plan the prevention and control of these diseases.
How are they transmitted?
The mosquitoes can host the virus after stinging an infected person, and spread it to those who will be bitten afterwards.
And what are the symptoms?
Among others, fever and muscle and joint pains. In some cases the patient needs to be hospitalized.