App Aims to Prevent Zika

Arizona Health Sciences, Jacob Chinn photo

Researchers at the UA’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health have developed and launched a crowd-sourcing mobile app called Kidenga to help track Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases.

“If enough people use the app, it may be able to detect zip codes that appear to have an uptick of suspicious symptoms,” says Kacey Ernst, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the college. The app creates a mobile, community-based disease detection system and teaches users about the Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses, their risks, symptoms, and what to do to prevent infection.