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Keywords: Public Health, Viral Diagnostics, Open science, Participatory Science, Epidemiology, Biology, Education, Vector surveillance, Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya
Title : Towards open participatory diagnostics and epidemiological surveillance of emerging viral pandemics: Latin American arboviruses as a test case
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging arbovirus which can cause severe neurological disorders, spreading rapidly through the America, a public health emergency of international concern. Current diagnostic tests are inadequate, expensive and unavailable where they are needed most.
We propose to develop, optimize and deploy an affordable, reliable, easy to use, rapid, and robust kit for rural and low-income use for the detection of arboviruses, both on human samples for diagnosis as well as on mosquitoes for surveillance purposes.
The kit will utilize isothermal amplification techniques coupled to a smartphone app and sensor to collect and disseminate acquired data, providing new types of useful information for infectious disease monitoring, modeling, and prediction. Kit will be widely deployed, includi