There are around 3,500 species of mosquitoes in the world. Of all of them, a few are responsible for the transmission of pathogens and parasites to humans and animals. Still, predictions indicate that more than half of the human population is exposed to the risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases.
Some of the mosquitoes that may be responsible for disease transmission in Europe are invasive species. Non-native species, but with great capacity to adapt and prosper in urban and suburban environments around the world. These species that perform so well in our cities are, at the same time, the mosquitoes of the greatest epidemiological importance, since they have the ability to transmit serious exotic diseases when their pathogens are introduced into Europe.
At Mosquito Alert we focus on the study and development of an invasive mosquito surveillance system, some of which are important transmitters of diseases:
The body of mosquitoes is divided into three parts: head, thorax and abdomen. On the head we find a pair of antennas, a pair of compound eyes and modified mouthpieces in stilettos to penetrate solid tissues and aspirate liquid food. The thorax has six legs and a pair of wings.