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One Health PACT wants dead mosquitoes for research

February 16, 2021

In the middle of winter, mosquitoes can be a nuisance. To gain insight into which species of mosquitoes these are, where they are active, what their biting behavior is and whether they can carry pathogens, researchers at Wageningen University – part of the One Health PACT consortium coordinated by professor Marion Koopmans, Head of the Department of Viroscience Erasmus MC - are calling on the public to send in dead mosquitoes. This can be done from February 16 to March 16 after registration via Muggenradar.nl.

Based on the reports and subsequent analyses, the researchers expect to be able to answer the following research questions:

  • In which areas do mosquitoes cause nuisance in February?
  • Where are which mosquito species found?
  • From which hosts do they drink blood?
  • Are the mosquitoes infected with pathogens?

The answers to these questions help to better determine how to prevent nuisance and reduce the risk of disease transmission. The Mosquito Radar study is part of the One Health PACT research project in which dozens of researchers are working together to investigate the emergence and transmission of mosquito-borne pathogens and the effects of environment, climate and human activity on them.  
 
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Date: 16 February 2021
Source: WUR 

Want to know more about the One Health PACT? Go to www.onehealthpact.org