What is COPA?
COPA (Communities Organized to Prevent Arboviruses) is a project designed to organize and mobilize communities in 14 zones of Ponce, Puerto Rico, to prevent diseases transmitted by mosquitoes.
It is a collaboration between Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU), the Puerto Rico Vector Control Unit (PR VCU), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In Puerto Rico, the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can spread dengue, Zika, and chikungunya viruses. Just a few mosquitoes can cause large outbreaks of these diseases. This project will help us more effectively and precisely establish the amount of these diseases in the communities, as well as help us better understand the communities’ needs. The project will also help us understand residents’ opinions and to consider them in the design and implementation of methods to control mosquito populations.
Which activities are part of COPA?
Collaboration with communities and their leaders to ask their opinions and keep them informed.
Interviews to better understand community members’ health and opinions. Free blood tests to find out if household members have recently had dengue, zika, or chikungunya.
Placement of AGO traps in the communities to find out the number of Aedes aegypti mosquitos in the area.