Live Capture of Mosquitos
identification of mosquito type and also allowing for checking
pathogen type (Malaria, Yellow Fever, Denge Fever, etc) –
Ricardo Figueirdo, Angola
Mosquito borne diseases are endemic to Africa, South America and
of mosquito type and disease type will allow for better
utilization of manpower and funds for eradication by either
destroying habitat or destroying the mosquitos.
The malaria parasite carried by the female Anopheles mosquito is
a world leading cause of mortality (World Malaria Report, WHO,
2013) especially in children under the age of five. Over 200 million cases a year are reported and more than
half a million deaths are estimated as a result (World Malaria
Report, WHO, 2013).
Many of the viral diseases (yellow fever, dengue fever, zika
fever) are transmitted by Aedes Aegypti mosquitos. Other viral diseases including Japanese encephalitis and
West Nile virus are carried by several different mosquitos
Ricardo Figueirdo developed a machine (patent number 3.395A.
IAPI Angola) to capture live mosquitos and with the support of
Jose Eduardo dos Santos University (Angola) and tropical disease
doctor (Marta) were able identify both the mosquitos use the mosquito blood to identify the type of pathogen
being carried by specific mosquitos.
They were then able to chart mosquito population and
pathogen type by area helping to be more effective in combating
The idea was presented in Nuremberg Germany at the iENA
(international trade fare of ideas, inventions, and new
products) . . . (see attached photos and video presentation)
where Ricardo won a gold medal for his idea and his research
Collector for testing for malaria, yellow fever, and zika virus
Augusto Antunes Figueiredo, number 411, in October, 2016.
We are in America to seek funding for manufacturing these
machines as we further our work and study with the goal of
establishing a countrywide distribution process. We believe this
may change the way we fight against the mosquito-borne pathogens
and hope this study will help eliminate or significantly reduce
incidences and deaths of this nature.