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We need your help to search for 'Zika mosquitoes' (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species - that have the potential to spread viruses such as Zika or dengue).
As part of the 'Zika Mozzie Seeker' project, we're asking the public in our region to set up DIY backyard mosquito egg traps, collect the eggs and send them in for analysis.
The project uses revolutionary screening technology developed by Queensland Health and is a world-first for mosquito monitoring.
We will mass screen the eggs for the DNA of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. This will allow us to increase our confidence that such mosquitoes are not in our region and detect any invasions of these mosquitoes more easily.
Zika and Dengue are largely spread by two domestic mosquito species (Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These 'Zika mosquitoes' are present elsewhere in Queensland but have not been detected in South East Queensland recently. This project will help us search for these mosquitoes (especially Aedes aegypti) and confirm our belief that they are not present in our region of South East Queensland.
'Zika mosquitoes' are domestic species – they live in backyards and the adults are unlikely to fly more than 200 metres from breeding sites (commonly artificial containers that hold water).
Mozzie Monitors (University of South Australia – participants trap mozzies and send photographs of the mozzies to researchers)