A technology company transforming vector surveillance
The deadliest animal in the world...
Mosquitoes are the deadliest animal in the world [Gates Notes]. Though Malaria incidence has been significantly reduced by a concerted global effort, other diseases continue to spread their reach. Most dramatically, Dengue has grown 30 fold in the past 50 years, and there are now more global Dengue cases annually than there are people in the United States [Ebi et. al.]. As this growth is considered to be a result of climate change and globalization, growth of Dengue and other mosquito borne diseases such as Zika and Chikungunya is expected to continue.
While vector mosquito surveillance is necessary to properly manage mosquito populations and disease risk, current methods are resource, labor, and time intensive. Collecting even limited amounts of data can take days to weeks, causing control efforts to occur well after an outbreak has begun.
Limitations of Current Practice
VectorWeb is a system of cloud connected smart traps. Mosquito specimens are captured, imaged with a built-in camera, and automatically counted and identified by genus and species using our image classification algorithms. The data is tagged with GPS coordinates and displayed on a central dashboard for expert review.
VectorWeb provides remote, real-time surveillance data, enabling both
prediction and prevention of outbreaks and huge cost savings for public health systems.