Mosquito Alert is a citizen science platform with the aim of uniting citizens, scientists and managers in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases. With the Mosquito Alert app anyone can report a possible finding of tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) and its breeding sites in the public roads sending a photo. A team of experts are in charge of reviewing and classifying the photos before making them public on a map. With this information, scientists are studying the distribution of these mosquitoes. Since 2016, under the impetus of the Obra Social “la Caixa” Foundation, Mosquito Alert also aims to detect in advance the eventual arrival of the yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti), a close relative of the tiger mosquito and responsible for the current Zika epidemic, among others. This mosquito has not been found in Spain for several decades, but it could be detected again in the future. IThese two species of mosquito can transmit some diseases such as dengue, chikungunya or Zika. They are very annoying mosquitoes, since they have adapted to live in urban areas.
The methodology: citizen science
Citizen science refers to involving the general public in scientific research, which can include sharing knowledge, intellectual abilities, resources, or tools.