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  • Reply to: WHO needs your comments on their malaria strategy   1 day 22 hours ago

    Sorry,

    Somehow the link got lost. Try this

    http://who.int/malaria/areas/global_technical_strategy/online_consultati...

    Please give them you advice, they need it!

    Bill

  • Reply to: Planes, trains and vehicles: The neglected role of passive transportation!   2 days 1 hour ago

    Dear Jeff
    We definitely see your general point about the value of engineering solutions but we suspect that currently we are still at the stage of trying to determine in what circumstances passive transportation is of practical importance. Only then will we be in a position to determine where and when might warrant resources devoted to preventing it.
    While, whatever effective approaches that are resource efficient should be part of control programs, with respects to sterile insects technique (SIT) it might be notable that the most spectacular achievement of this approach, the eradication of screwworm from North and Central America, occurred through a fairly singular application of SIT (though other might know more about this). We anticipate for the SIT program in Sudan that considering impact of passive transportation in its final stages might has good prospects to sustain the control efforts of An. arabiensis in the region.
    We will definitely consider doing our next Colum on ‘structures’ to fulfil your hat-trick of ‚’ Structures, Transportation, and Water & Air Resources’.-is there a prize?
    Thanks
    Rasha and Guy

  • Reply to: Planes, trains and vehicles: The neglected role of passive transportation!   2 days 2 hours ago

    Dear Murlidhar Mendki
    Thanks for your very relevant observations from a very different part of the globe and also for your insight.
    We agree that while it may appear a daunting task to look at passive transportation , as you allude to, we think that passive transportation (particularly by trains) might generate hypotheses that can then be tested in different geographical regions. Maybe looking at the historical presence or absence of mosquito species in the context of changing transportation links might be one way to start exploring impact of passive transportation that might not be so challenging ? we also need to develop appropriate scientific designs that can help testing such hypothesis.
    Thanks again
    Rasha and Guy

  • Reply to: Planes, trains and vehicles: The neglected role of passive transportation!   2 days 6 hours ago

    Thanks Rasha and Guy for your interesting article. In harmony with what you wrote, the role of steamers as well as lorries carrying vegetables (usually covered by wet broad or massiveleaves)deemed to be investigated. To avoid being attacked by mosquitoes, I will go for small uncomforable vehicles!

  • Reply to: Not Open Access | Plasmodium falciparum transmission stages accumulate in the human bone marrow   3 days 11 hours ago
    So, there are two types of gametocytes circulating in the peripheral blood. Can we we distinguish them from their appearance? We always find gametocyces with balloon (remnant of erythrocytes) while others are not. May this be associate with the two mechanisms described above?