Using citizen science to enhance surveillance of Aedes aegypti in Arizona, 2015-17

Kara D. Tarter, Craig E. Levy, Hayley D. Yaglom, Laura E. Adams, Lydia Plante, Mariana G. Casal, Dawn H Gouge, Robin Rathman, Dawn Stokka, Joli Weiss, Heather Venkat, Kathleen R Walker

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Abstract

Vector surveillance is an essential component of vector-borne disease prevention, but many communities lack resources to support extensive surveillance. The Great Arizona Mosquito Hunt (GAMH) was a collaborative citizen science project conducted during 2015-17 to enhance surveillance for Aedes aegypti in Arizona. Citizen science projects engage the public in scientific research in order to further scientific knowledge while improving community understanding of a specific field of science and the scientific process. Participating schools and youth organizations across the state conducted oviposition trapping for 1-4 wk during peak Ae. aegypti season in Arizona and returned the egg sheets to collaborating entomologists for identification. During the 3-year program, 120 different schools and youth organizations participated. Few participants actually collected Aedes eggs in their traps in 2015 or 2017, but about one-third of participants collected eggs during 2016, including 3 areas that were not previously reported to have Ae. aegypti. While relatively few new areas of Ae. aegypti activity were identified, GAMH was found to be a successful method of engaging citizen scientists. Future citizen science mosquito surveillance projects might be useful to further define the ecology and risk for vector-borne diseases in Arizona.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-18
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Mosquito Control Association
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019

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Keywords

  • Aedes aegypti
  • Citizen science
  • Invasive species
  • Public health
  • Surveillance

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Insect Science

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Using citizen science to enhance surveillance of Aedes aegypti in Arizona, 2015-17. / Tarter, Kara D.; Levy, Craig E.; Yaglom, Hayley D.; Adams, Laura E.; Plante, Lydia; Casal, Mariana G.; Gouge, Dawn H; Rathman, Robin; Stokka, Dawn; Weiss, Joli; Venkat, Heather; Walker, Kathleen R.

In: Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, Vol. 35, No. 1, 01.03.2019, p. 11-18.

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Tarter, KD, Levy, CE, Yaglom, HD, Adams, LE, Plante, L, Casal, MG, Gouge, DH, Rathman, R, Stokka, D, Weiss, J, Venkat, H & Walker, KR 2019, 'Using citizen science to enhance surveillance of Aedes aegypti in Arizona, 2015-17', Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 11-18. https://doi.org/10.2987/18-6789.1
Tarter, Kara D. ; Levy, Craig E. ; Yaglom, Hayley D. ; Adams, Laura E. ; Plante, Lydia ; Casal, Mariana G. ; Gouge, Dawn H ; Rathman, Robin ; Stokka, Dawn ; Weiss, Joli ; Venkat, Heather ; Walker, Kathleen R. / Using citizen science to enhance surveillance of Aedes aegypti in Arizona, 2015-17. In: Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association. 2019 ; Vol. 35, No. 1. pp. 11-18.
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