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AGO Mosquito Trap for Control and Surveillance

NCEZID Zika 0089

Zika virus is primarily spread to people through infective Aedes aegypti or Ae. albopictus mosquito bites. These mosquitoes also spread dengue, chikungunya, and other viruses.

The Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) developed the autocidal gravid ovitrap (AGO) mosquito trap for control and surveillance. Studies show that AGO traps can significantly reduce mosquito populations in a community when most households install traps. CDC is evaluating large-scale use of AGO traps in Puerto Rico. The National Institutes of Health awarded a Small Business Innovation Research grant to a company that specializes in manufacturing and distributing insect traps. Funding will be used to mass produce AGO traps.

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