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App developed to combat Dengue and Zika Viral Infections

Since 2015 a group of researchers, led by Prof A Romanovsky and Dr P Missier have been working on developing advanced solutions for combating dengue and zika viral infections.  This work has been conducted in a close cooperation with several universities and public health organisations in Brazil, and supported by a series of grants co-funded by the UK and Brazilian funding agencies.
Dengue and zika are an endemic problem in many areas of Brazil where public health service assistance is inefficient, or in some cases non-existent. The Brazilian public health system cannot meet the demands in these areas due to the scarcity of resources available and the number of risk areas that require monitoring. To make the matters worse, it is extremely difficult to identify and control dengue and zika outbreaks in their initial stages. Therefore, there is a need for monitoring the focus of dengue/zika mosquito in order to make it easier for the organisations to prevent epidemic and to take the best actions.
To assist the surveillance and detection of dengue/zika mosquito and outbreaks, the project team has developed an integrated platform and a mobile app for the population to act as an etymological surveillance agent. By collecting the geo-referenced data and minding the available social media data these solutions can provide vital information that assists in entomological surveillance of dengue and zika. 
The experimental trials of these solutions have been conducted by the public health agents in the states of Pernambuco and Alagoas and demonstrated their usefulness and efficiency.  The project team is now working on integrating these solutions into the government activities focusing on combating dengue and zika viral infections.

This project was funded by the British Council, through its Newton Fund.

Photo of group involved in Dengue/Zika app (cropped to right size for NEWS)

published on: 2 May 2019