World-wide over 3 billion people are at risk of contracting mosquito-borne infectious diseases, such as malaria, dengue, and Zika. These diseases have erupted into a public health crisis rapidly spreading across continents with devastating consequences: the neurological development defects manifesting in newborns infected with Zika are a very recent example of this.
Since many mosquito-borne infections lack vaccines or drugs, the most viable method to contain their spread is to prevent their transmission by mosquitoes. But the scale of mapping the complex transmission dynamics involving mosquitoes and humans overwhelming. There are more than 30 different disease-carrying mosquito species, each with varying geographical distributions, migration trends, and biting patterns.
The Stanford Abuzz Project collects sound clips of the buzzing sound mosquitos make using cellphones from all over the world. The aim is to build maps showing the different mosquito species and track the ones that spread deadly human diseases like malaria, dengue and Zika.
All you need to participate is your mobile phone. When you see a mosquito, just record its whining buzz on your phone and upload the sound via the Abuzz website.