Optimized Off-the-shelf Portable Trap for Haematophagous Arthropods

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$99,980.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W81XWH-04-C-0059
Award Id:
66860
Agency Tracking Number:
O032-3105
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
8350 Alban Road, Suite 700, Springfield, VA, 22150
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
198248494
Principal Investigator:
Charles Bass
Sr. Chemical Engineer
(703) 440-8834
cbass@utdinc.com
Business Contact:
John Hill
President
(703) 440-8834
johnhill3@utdinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Blood-sucking or haematophagous arthropods such as mosquitoes, ticks, and sandflies act as vectors of some extremely deadly and debilitating diseases such as malaria, dengue, yellow fever, sandfly fever, Japanese encephalitis, Q-fever, and tularemia. Thecurrent kit used by preventative medical teams contains a light trap based on design developed in 1962. Many mosquito species cannot be monitored by light traps. Samples collected are frequently inadequate to assess human health risk. While light trapsshow more success when supplemented with carbon dioxide, usual methods for CO2 baiting - bottled gas or dry ice - lack of universal availability and create heavy logistical demands. UTD proposes a design concept that emphasizes portability, storability,and ease of use. It will use a combination of attractants including CO2, heat, moisture, UV and white light, and selected synthetic scents. The trap will require no batteries, and will function on a variety of logistic fuels including JP8. UTD brings awealth of experience in the application of design analysis, simulation, and innovative engineering prototyping to this problem. We have assembled a talented development team and have secured the services of a medial entomologist who is experienced in bothacademic research and military applications of vector surveillance.

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