What is COPA?

COPA is a project designed to organize more than 120 communities in 12 zones in Ponce, Puerto Rico, to prevent infections transmitted by mosquitos. COPA means Communities Organized for the Prevention of Arboviruses. In Puerto Rico, the Aedes aegypti is the mosquito responsible for the transmission of the Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika virus. Ponce has presented a high incidence and prevalence of these diseases in the past. An effective mosquito control requires careful and continues a job that starts in the home and requires the support of everyone in the community.

What do we do?

Visit randomly selected homes at communities in Ponce.

Interview participants to learn the way each house member prevents mosquito bites.

Draw blood samples to identify if the person was infected by Dengue, Chikungunya or Zika in the past.

Follow up with participants.


Residentes de Ponce participaron del proyecto COPA


Dirección : Proyecto COPA. Calle 395  Dr. Luis F. Salas  Edifício de Investigación 

Ponce PR, 00716

Phone: (787) 221-9561

Email: proyectoCOPA@psm.educ

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