Mosquito Alert is a cooperative citizen science observatory coordinated by different public research institutions. The main objective of the initiative is to fight against the tiger mosquito and the yellow fever mosquito expansions, two invasive species vectors of global diseases like Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya.
With the Mosquito Alert app anyone can report a possible finding of tiger mosquito or yellow fever mosquito and their breeding places by sending a photo. The photo collects the GPS position along with other detailed information and is afterwards validated by a team of expert entomologists. The result of the validation is sent directly to the participant and published in the observation map where it can be consulted alongside all observations from 2014 to the present.
This information complements the scientific work and allows public health managers to use this information to monitor and control the spread of mosquitoes in neighborhoods and cities.
The Mosquito Alert platform is coordinated by three public institutions in the field of scientific research; CREAF (Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals), ICREA (Institución Catalana de Investigación y Estudios Avanzados) and CEAB-CSIC (Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Blanes) and is supported by a wide range of organisations including ”la Caixa”.