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Assessment of ICount software, a precise and fast egg counting tool for the mosquito vector Aedes aegypti

Gaburro, Julie, Duchemin, Jean-Bernard, Paradkar, Prasad N., Nahavandi, Saeid and Bhatti, Asim 2016, Assessment of ICount software, a precise and fast egg counting tool for the mosquito vector Aedes aegypti, Parasites & vectors, vol. 9, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.1186/s13071-016-1870-1.

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Title Assessment of ICount software, a precise and fast egg counting tool for the mosquito vector Aedes aegypti
Formatted title Assessment of ICount software, a precise and fast egg counting tool for the mosquito vector Aedes aegypti
Author(s) Gaburro, Julie
Duchemin, Jean-Bernard
Paradkar, Prasad N.
Nahavandi, SaeidORCID iD for Nahavandi, Saeid orcid.org/0000-0002-0360-5270
Bhatti, AsimORCID iD for Bhatti, Asim orcid.org/0000-0001-6876-1437
Journal name Parasites & vectors
Volume number 9
Article ID 590
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1756-3305
1756-3305
Keyword(s) Aedes aegypti
Automatic/semi-automatic egg counting
ICount
P-cresol
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Parasitology
ANOPHELES-STEPHENSI
IMAGE-ANALYSIS
OVIPOSITION
ECOLOGY
DENGUE
POPULATIONS
INFUSIONS
FECUNDITY
RESPONSES
OVITRAP
Summary BACKGROUND: Widespread in the tropics, the mosquito Aedes aegypti is an important vector of many viruses, posing a significant threat to human health. Vector monitoring often requires fecundity estimation by counting eggs laid by female mosquitoes. Traditionally, manual data analyses have been used but this requires a lot of effort and is the methods are prone to errors. An easy tool to assess the number of eggs laid would facilitate experimentation and vector control operations.

RESULTS: This study introduces a built-in software called ICount allowing automatic egg counting of the mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti. ICount egg estimation compared to manual counting is statistically equivalent, making the software effective for automatic and semi-automatic data analysis. This technique also allows rapid analysis compared to manual methods. Finally, the software has been used to assess p-cresol oviposition choices under laboratory conditions in order to test the system with different egg densities.

CONCLUSIONS: ICount is a powerful tool for fast and precise egg count analysis, freeing experimenters from manual data processing. Software access is free and its user-friendly interface allows easy use by non-experts. Its efficiency has been tested in our laboratory with oviposition dual choices of Aedes aegypti females. The next step will be the development of a mobile application, based on the ICount platform, for vector monitoring surveys in the field.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s13071-016-1870-1
Field of Research 080104 Computer Vision
1108 Medical Microbiology
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30089161

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: Centre for Intelligent Systems Research
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