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Zika Shield

Zika Shield helps you plan you Zika-free destinations.

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Zika Shield can help you and your families reduce your indoor and outdoor exposure to the Zika virus by helping you plan your destinations, telling you prevention methods, and alerting you when you are in proximity to high-risk areas.

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Adam Crawley Thank you for sharing how is being used for Zika --  in response to what I had posted earlier -- "Leverage to centralize, collect accurate field data, and broadcast via SMS to healthcare workers"

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@contribution I believe that an electronic-shield to create an alert perimeter for the masses will help provide adequate warning  if there are geographically  higher risk zone. The design idea can be prototyped easily and tested in the field. The following article from New York Times provides an insight into what is going on the ground in Florida -- " Some of the four victims — three men and one woman — worked in the same neighborhood", which indicates proximity to risk areas increases one's chance of contracting the virus. Additionally, the NYT also reports that "Health officials believe that transmission is or was confined to a one-square-mile area just north of downtown Miami — including the Wynwood neighborhood south of Interstate 195 and east of Interstate 95. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which carry the virus, rarely fly more than a mile in their lives."
While our design team collaborated on this idea in San Francisco, it can be implemented to model after the behavior patterns of specific type of mosquitoes, Zika in this case. I am open to suggestions on how to develop a working prototype. 

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My organization, the Skoll Global Threats Fund, as worked with tech firms in several countries to develop a 'participatory disease surveillance' model - essentially crowdsourcing symptom reporting for the general public as an early warning mechanism against outbreaks. In Brazil, an organization called Epitrack - - used this approach for mass gathering surveillance during the World Cup in 2014 and are deploying a new application 'Guardians of Health' soon for the Olympics. 

Adding the 'check-in' feature to applications like these could add real value for vector surveillance, allowing the general public to report on mosquito activity, note whether a location has control measures implemented, etc. 

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Adam Crawley That's awesome! Thank you for sharing. Do you have more information or a report on how you are addressing it in real life, on the ground? Is there a case study? I was not able to find it on your website.