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Invasive Mosquito Project: USDA

Leveraging U.S. schools to crowdsource mosquito data for Zika prevention.

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The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture is leveraging a crowdsourcing approach to collecting mosquito data, with students making mosquito traps that allow for collection and analysis of eggs being deposited in areas around the country.


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I think the use of data is a great way to address the spread of Zika especially if it starts impacting US cities. I know that the current Whitehouse administration is funding some great initiatives around Open Gov that opens up massive data sets around many aspects of civic society. Applying mosquito data with these other sets might provide some interesting insights to enable better prevention measures:
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I'm a fan of engaging students and using it as a point of entry to educate students on how to be safe and proactive. There are many good points Lauren Kaplan brought up that need to be addressed. I think there are natural synergies with actively trapping mosquitoes for data and educating students on why they're doing it while staying safe. 

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Minh Nguyen, the Invasive Mosquito Project is a public education and national mosquito monitoring program that partners local professionals with high school teachers and community educators to teach about mosquito-borne disease and public health while providing teachers with educational materials that allows their students to gather real data outside of the classroom environment.  The first lesson plan focuses on the collection of mosquito eggs, and within the lesson, we emphasize safety, such as wearing insect repellent and long sleeves and not going out during peak hours of mosquito activity.  Feel free to check out the website,!

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