News Release
Date:             October  6, 2016                                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

To:                 All Media Contacts
From:             City of Laredo Health Department (CLHD)
Through:        Hector Gonzalez, MD, M.P.H., Health Director

University of Arizona Researchers Help Track Zika and Other
Mosquito-Borne Diseases With New Cell Phone App


Laredo, TX—Scientists at the University of Arizona (UA) Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health launched Kidenga, a free smartphone app for Android and iOS that allows users to report mosquito activity, symptoms of illness and help detect outbreaks.

Kidenga is a community-based disease detection system that allows the team of public health investigators to track day-biting mosquito populations within a community and identify people who have symptoms of illness. The app also provides users with county-level confirmed case information, educational materials and up-to-date news on mosquito activity.

“While we don’t have local transmission (local mosquitoes do not have the Zika Virus and can’t spread it) our international community does put persons who travel to area of local transmission at risk” said Dr. Hector F. Gonzalez, Director of Health City of Laredo Health Department. Therefore we partnered with the UA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test and use this APP in Laredo and surrounding areas to enhance reporting and educate the public on the ZIKA Virus and other Mosquito borne diseases.

For more information on the app please visit the website at kidenga.org and for Zika prevention information link to the CLHD website or call Dr. Erika Juarez at 956-7954918.

You can download the app by scanning this QR code with your phone.

Click here for more information.

Click here if you are a medical provider.

Click here if you are an OBGYN practicioner.

Click here if you are a pediatrician.