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Aedes aegypti

The dengue game

In addition to the heat, recent summers have seen a rise in dengue cases. As of February 2013, there was a 190% growth in the number of cases reported in Brazil compared to the previous year. To help combat this disease, transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti, the Research Center for Development of Functional Materials (CMDF), one of FAPESP’s Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers, coordinated by Elson Longo of Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp) in Araraquara, developed a free educational game for the Internet intended mainly for children. In the game, Sofia, a 7-year-old girl, eliminates the breeding grounds of the mosquito that transmits the disease by removing water from old tires and putting sand in planters so water does not accumulate in them. For each task completed, the player moves to the next level. This and other educational games are at