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Eliminating malaria vectors

Overview of attention for article published in Parasites & Vectors, June 2013
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Eliminating malaria vectors
Published in
Parasites & Vectors, June 2013
DOI 10.1186/1756-3305-6-172
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Gerry F Killeen, Aklilu Seyoum, Chadwick Sikaala, Amri S Zomboko, John E Gimnig, Nicodem J Govella, Michael T White


Malaria vectors which predominantly feed indoors upon humans have been locally eliminated from several settings with insecticide treated nets (ITNs), indoor residual spraying or larval source management. Recent dramatic declines of An. gambiae in east Africa with imperfect ITN coverage suggest mosquito populations can rapidly collapse when forced below realistically achievable, non-zero thresholds of density and supporting resource availability. Here we explain why insecticide-based mosquito elimination strategies are feasible, desirable and can be extended to a wider variety of species by expanding the vector control arsenal to cover a broader spectrum of the resources they need to survive. The greatest advantage of eliminating mosquitoes, rather than merely controlling them, is that this precludes local selection for behavioural or physiological resistance traits. The greatest challenges are therefore to achieve high biological coverage of targeted resources rapidly enough to prevent local emergence of resistance and to then continually exclude, monitor for and respond to re-invasion from external populations.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Tanzania, United Republic of 2 <1%
United Kingdom 2 <1%
Madagascar 2 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Ghana 1 <1%
Uganda 1 <1%
Japan 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 207 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 51 23%
Student > Ph. D. Student 43 20%
Student > Postgraduate 24 11%
Student > Master 23 11%
Student > Bachelor 13 6%
Other 39 18%
Unknown 26 12%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 86 39%
Medicine and Dentistry 32 15%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 24 11%
Environmental Science 12 5%
Nursing and Health Professions 8 4%
Other 26 12%
Unknown 31 14%

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