Australia Post has released a set of limited-edition postage stamps featuring Metro South Health’s Zika Mozzie Seeker project.
The stamp issue features four recent Citizen Science projects from across Australia including our very own Zika Mozzie Seeker.
Project manager and entomologist Brian Montgomery from Metro South Public Health Unit said it was a privilege to have the project recognised in such a unique way.
“The Zika Mozzie Seeker project involves citizen scientists from across the Metro South region but the work they are doing can affect millions of people in Queensland and the rest of the country,” he said.
“Having an Australia Post stamp made in our honour just goes to show how important the contribution from our community members is and showcases the hard work of the project team who have developed a world-first approach to mosquito monitoring.”
Participants in Zika Mozzie Seeker collect mosquito eggs and send them to Metro South Health’s Public Health Unit for counting and screening of Zika mozzie DNA by Queensland Health’s Forensic and Scientific Services.
Most urban areas of Australia are vulnerable to covert invasions by two Zika mosquito species and the subsequent risk of Zika outbreaks.
Zika Mozzie Seeker participants provide a sustainable and innovative solution to the expansion of urban mosquito surveillance networks, by collecting mosquito eggs in their yards and sending them in for counting and screening.
Since 2017, Zika mozzies have not been detected in six rounds of trapping – approximately 240,000 eggs collected from 2,200 traps in 160 suburbs.
Don’t miss out on your chance to purchase the Zika Mozzie Seeker stamps, they are only available until 31 May 2020.
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