European scientists propose to hold a course for Europe in Fuerteventura on the study of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes

European scientists propose to hold a course for Europe in Fuerteventura on the study of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes

They agree to collaborate with AFRIMAC to be a bridge between Europe and Africa in research on textile products that contain repellents.

Scientists from the European project IMAAC (CA16277), whose objective is research and mathematical analysis of the effect of control measures on diseases transmitted by mosquitoes such as dengue, zika, chikungunya and yellow fever, have proposed the holding of the annual training school in Fuerteventura for the specialized training of professionals in the area throughout Europe. This was transmitted to the president of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura, Marcial Morales, and to the Minister of Innovation, Rafael Páez, at a meeting that was recently held at the Technology Park, where they proposed to initiate a collaboration program with AFRIMAC to promote training in the areas of competence of interest, including the organization of an IMAAC training school in Fuerteventura.

We must remember that AFRIMAC is an initiative of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura for entrepreneurial, technological, entrepreneurial and innovative exchange in matters of high impact between the Canary Islands and West Africa.

The scientists of the European project IMAAC propose control measures that involve new technologies in textiles and paint products based on nanoparticles and microparticles that release repellents in a controlled manner to combat mosquito bites. The main focus of study will be diseases transmitted through mosquitoes, such as Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in synergy with existing EU projects, and whose application may have very positive effects in the reduction of diseases and in the increase of the quality of life of endemic areas.

To this end, experts in epidemiology, biostatistics, mathematics, biology, nanotechnology, chemical and textile engineering have come together to implement new techniques to combat mosquito-borne diseases.

For more information visit IMAAC.

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