Mosquitos and Disease

Internal Medicine

17 Apr 2021 | 0 | by kjh

120660login-checkMosquitos and Disease

Mosquitoes can carry deadly diseases, including malaria, yellow fever, dengue, West Nile virus, chikungunya, and Zika. According to World Atlas, mosquitos killed about 830,000 people worldwide in 2018

According to the National Park Service, in the United States, there are hundreds of species of mosquitoes. Most mosquitoes do not feed on humans or spread disease, but some mosquitoes carry viruses that can cause disease in humans and animals. 

Mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases are found across the country. Cases of mosquito-borne disease are most common during warmer months (April to September) when mosquitoes are most active. Mosquitoes feed on a variety of animals including rodents and other mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. The disease is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Some species of wildlife are affected by the mosquito-borne disease as well.

Manu Prakash, PhD, is an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford. He and his lab have developed a mosquito-monitoring platform, Abuzz. With enough users around the world recording mosquitoes, Abuzz will be able to produce a detailed global map of different species — helping public health officials in targeting mosquito populations.

Dr. Prakash says, “With enough users recording and submitting mosquitoes’ high-pitched whine, Abuzz can create a map that tells us exactly when and where the most dangerous species of mosquitoes are most likely to be present. That knowledge could lead to highly targeted and efficient control efforts.”

Abuzz is a low-cost, fast, easy way to gain an incredible amount of new data about mosquitoes. To help the researchers, hold your phone’s microphone to the sound of the mosquito buzzing overhead and capture a recording. Then download the recording on the Abuzz website.

For more information email: mosquitoes_abuzz@stanford.edu

Members of the Project

Manu Prakash, Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor, Bioengineering

Haripriya Mukundarajan, PhD Student, Mechanical Engineering

Felix Hol, Postdoctoral Scholar, Prakash Lab

Christine Kurihara, Lab Administrator, Prakash Lab

Rebecca Konte, Design Consultant

 

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