Since the announcement that the Center for Communication Programs and the Bill and Melinda Gate’s Foundation sent a joint proposal for a mosquito emoji had reached semi-finalist status with the Unicode Consortium, I’ve been faithfully tracking the mosquito’s progress. Anytime there was an update, my co-workers were very quickly informed. (You’re welcome, team).

I am happy to share the news that the mosquito emoji has passed and will hopefully begin appearing in coding this summer with the 11.0 emoji release. We will soon be able to help spread important public health mosquito warnings with an emoji.

Other public health tweets will now be able to include a soap, DNA, petri dish, test tube, fire extinguisher, microbe, super heroes and more.