Citizen science against disease-transmitting mosquitoes.
Mosquito Alert is a citizen science platform promoted by ”la Caixa” Foundation in collaboration with CREAF, with the aim of bringing together citizens, scientists and managers in the battle against the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) and the yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti). These mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever or Zika.
With the project’s app any person can report a possible finding of the Asian tiger mosquito or its breeding grounds through a photo. A team of experts together with volunteers examine and classify the photos which are then published on a map that is open to everyone.
The project is aimed at citizens and epidemiologists, entities responsible for environmental management or public health, professionals from the world of academic education and leisure and anyone who is interested in citizen science.
What do we want to achieve?
Study the presence and distribution of the Asian tiger mosquito and develop models that combine data provided by citizens with other sources of information.
Reduce and control the Asian tiger mosquito population in Spain.
Involve citizens in a scientific project in which they can collaborate in a very simple way through a mobile app.
Raise awareness in the population about the prevention measures to be taken to reduce the breeding grounds for the Asian tiger mosquito.
Detect early the possible arrival of the yellow fever mosquito in Spain with the help of citizens.