Current Awardee

BiteMap: Tracking Invasive Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Emerging Pathogens through a Community-Engaged Web Registry

Chris Stone
Chris Stone

College: Prairie Research Institute
Award year: 2021-2022
NCSA collaborators: Jong Lee, Colleen Bushell

Tracking invasive vectors and emerging pathogens poses an enormous challenge to public health surveillance. There is tremendous untapped potential in implementing a community-engaged approach to gather data about vectors and vector-borne disease occurrence that could enhance our surveillance by contributing to highly refined and efficient field collections and testing. This project will develop a web-based portal where community observations on encounters with mosquitoes and ticks in Illinois can be shared. A registry with a cascading questionnaire will allow to develop insights into changes in the time of year and areas in Illinois where people are encountering vectors. Further questions regarding symptoms and test outcomes will lead to a better understanding of the vector-borne disease landscape in Illinois by leveraging unreported or negative human testing data to refine the surveillance for the detection of overlooked and emerging pathogens.