Project 7: Predictive Models for the Spread of Mosquito-Borne Diseases in Temperate Climates Project Leaders: Kevin Myles and Zachary Adelman (Texas A&M AgriLife Research)

Investigators: K. Myles, Z. Adelman, B. Hur, M. Lawley, M. Erraguntla

Recent studies suggest that the transmission dynamics of mosquito-borne viruses differ substantially between tropical climates and temperate climates due to large differences in fluctuating diurnal temperature ranges. However, modeling these differences in transmission dynamics is challenging due to the lack of low-cost technology for monitoring fluctuating environmental conditions present in areas infested with vector mosquitoes. In this proposal, we will develop a low-cost wireless network for real-time climate monitoring of mosquito breeding and resting sites. The data generated by these devices will be used to develop predictive models for the spread of Zika virus in the United States.

Western Gulf Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases
Texas A&M AgriLife