Intelligent Trap to Enhance Zika Surveillance

Developing a Trap that Attracts, Captures, and Automatically Classifies Ae. aegypti Mosquitoes

Organization: São Paulo University

Location: São Paulo, Brazil

Problem: It is essential to eliminate the misconception that the Ae. aegypti control is an exclusively public administration problem. The solution requires the participation of the public administration at several levels, including educational campaigns, epidemiological surveillance, and public health; however, mosquito eradication can only be possible with the active participation and support of the population.

Solution: The team will produce an inexpensive, intelligent trap that will empower the population with the knowledge of Ae. aegypti densities, motivating mosquito control activities. The trap attracts and captures adult Ae. aegypti mosquitoes, automatically classifies captured mosquitoes into species and sex and provides counts of these insects and then connects to mobile devices, providing local density estimates of the mosquito population. The mobile app instructs the users to control possible mosquito aggregations and breeding locations in their residences. It also uses geo-referenced services and weather forecasting to contextualize the analysis and control activities.


Headshot of Gustavo Batista

Gustavo Batista – PhD, Universidade de São Paulo

Headshot of Agenor Mafra-Neto

Agenor Mafra-Neto – PhD, University of Massachusetts

Headshot of Pedro Yamamoto

Pedro Yamamoto – PhD, Universidade Estadual Paulista

Primary motivation:

"For decades, we have witnessed Dengue fever epidemics every summer in Brazil. These epidemics have become more severe, with a steep increase in the number of diagnosed cases each year. The Dengue has had a profound impact over the country’s economy, despite all the efforts to control the vector mosquito, educate the population, etc. We need a different approach to control the mosquito and such an approach is now more urgent with the recent outbreak of Zika and Chikungunya fevers."

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