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Texas A&M professors develop Zika-fighting app

(Source: Texas A&M) (Source: Texas A&M)

A couple of Texas A&M professors have created an application that can help fight the Zika virus.

Dr. Jennifer A. Horney, associate professor in the School of Public Health, and Dr. Daniel Goldberg, assistant professor of geography, created an app to fight mosquitoes at their source: standing water.

“With our new app, community members, citizen scientists so to speak, can do surveys and note the prevalence and locations of potential mosquito breeding grounds,” Dr. Horney said in a press release. “This data will then all be mapped online, and health departments can use that information to prioritize areas for mosquito control measures.”

People with the app can record the number of different containers that could harbor Zika-carrying mosquito eggs. The app automatically submits the location to a website that local health officials can review.

The app is available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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