Jennifer A. Horney, PhD, MPH, CPH, associate professor in the Texas A&M School of Public Health, and Daniel W. Goldberg, PhD, assistant professor of geography in the Texas A&M College of Geosciences and of computer science and engineering in the college of engineering, have created an app to track standing water sources that can provide a mosquito breeding ground and increase the risk of possible Zika or West Nile virus exposure.
The app allows individuals in the community to conduct surveys and note the locations of various potential mosquito breeding grounds. Data entered into the app is automatically uploaded to a website for local health officials to review. Read more.
Zika virus disease (Zika) is caused by Zika virus and is spread primarily through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitod. Symptoms may include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis. In most cases the symptoms are mild and people may not realize they have been infected.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert following the first confirmed Zika case in Brazil in May 2015. The Zika virus was declared a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Feb 1, 2016.
Zika has been linked to the high incidence of microcephalic births in Brazil. Pregnant women are warned to use caution when traveling to Zika-affected regions.