NASA Citizen Science App Tackles Mosquito-Borne Disease

Want to know where are the mosquito habitats around you? Want to know the most up-to-date mosquito-borne disease status? Now citizen scientists (users like you and me) can use a free NASA App to help those working on vector control to understand and reduce mosquito-borne diseases. This App is a Mosquito Habitat Mapper and is part of its GLOBE Observer App available for iPhone and Android.

Users photograph mosquito larvae to identify disease-carrying species in the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper

The Mosquito Habitat Mapper guides users through the process of identifying and eliminating mosquito breeding sites. It also gives citizen scientists the option to identify the mosquito species to determine whether it could transmit Zika, dengue fever, yellow fever, chikungunya, and other diseases. This local, ground-based information collected by the App about mosquito habitats will support satellite-based research of environmental conditions which will prevent further outbreaks of mosquitoes.

Download the App here to help yourself and help others.

See NASA's oroginal post here.

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