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Now, DIY Aspirator To Terminate Mosquitoes and Their Diseases

by Tanya Thomas on  January 16, 2010 at 10:48 AM Tropical Disease News   - G J E 4
 Now, DIY Aspirator To Terminate Mosquitoes and Their Diseases
A Prokopack mosquito aspirator, which researchers at the Emory University have designed, claims to be the most cost-effective and efficient way to monitor adult mosquitoes and the diseases they spread.
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The scientists have also spelt out the way by which the Prokopack can be made in the Journal of Medical Entomology.

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Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec, a post-doctoral in environmental studies, said: "This device has broad potential, not only for getting more accurate counts of mosquito populations, but for better understanding mosquito ecology.

"There is a great need for effective and affordable mosquito sampling methods. Use of the Prokopack can increase the coverage area, and the quality of the data received, especially for blood-fed mosquitoes. Ultimately, it can help us develop better health intervention strategies."

The Prokopack performed better than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Backpack Aspirator (CDC-BP) in both In both field and lab tests.

Not only does the Prokopack collect more mosquitoes than the CDC-BP it is also smaller, lighter, cheaper and easier to build.

Vazquez-Prokopec, an Argentine native, said: "I come from a developing country...I understand what it feels like to know that there is a health technology available, and to not have the money to access it."

"It's not like we woke up one day and said, 'Let's invent a mosquito aspirator...It grew out of our needs during field research," he added.

Source: ANI
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