The new low-cost system will automatically track the movement of mosquitoes that carry various diseases. This is stated in a study by specialists from Johns Hopkins University.
According to WHO, hundreds of thousands of people die every year from diseases transmitted by mosquitoes – malaria, dengue and yellow fever. The new system will allow you to track the types of insects that carry these diseases and warn people and medical systems.
“Such a remote system can significantly reduce the labor required to monitor mosquitoes in a given area, which greatly increases the potential for more monitoring”.
Research Team Leader Adam Goodwin at Johns Hopkins University
In their study, scientists describe a special system of mosquito traps that can remove these insects in detail and transmit data to medical centers. Algorithms will help to automatically indicate the pattern on the wings of insects, the color of the scales and other features to determine whether the mosquito is a disease carrier.
Now, to determine the possible start of an epidemic, WHO staff have to fly to the regions on their own, set up special traps, then collect them and take them to laboratories. Now the optical system installed in these traps and analyzing insects that got inside is doing this.