Ninety years ago it was discovered that mosquitoes track us down at night by responding to the smell we as humans produce. Since then, many studies have focused on identifying the nature of the chemicals we produce with the aim to use them to lure mosquitoes to trapping devices, thereby interrupting bloodfeeding and thus transmission of diseases like malaria. But why is there still no trap available for use in the developing world where malaria hits hardest?
Drug resistance is a serious problem in health care in general, and in malaria treatment in particular, rendering many of our previously considered ‘wonder drugs’ useless. Recently, large sums of money have been allocated for the continuous development of new drugs to replace the failing ones. We seem to be one step behind the evolution of antimalarial resistance; is it possible to get one step ahead?
1. Close doors and windows once it is around 6.00pm. This keeps out the mosquitoes.
2. Clear bushes and other sorts of vegetation around your house. They breed in them.
3. If you have any unused container like a pot or jerrycan, ensure it is closed or not in the open, for once water collects in it, they easily breed.
The statistics say it all: 70% of the transmission of infectious diseases is focused in and around the house. Including malaria, where the key vectors in Africa are almost exclusively feeding indoors and at night. The forum on MalariaWorld that discussed this issue was very well read (more than 1000 views), and although comments were limited, it was enough to move forward with the idea...
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Those who colonize mosquitoes are rightfully protective of them. Some species require a large amount of work to establish in the laboratory, and many of you have given your blood, sweat, holidays, and earnest attention to ensuring they exist. When you distribute it, you are giving a gift.
SECOND LAW FOR ATTACKING MALARIA IN AFRICA
If you are going to attack malaria in Africa, you don’t have to throw the kitchen sink at it, but you better use everything else.
The efforts put in by organizations all over the world to fight Malaria is highly appreciated, although the war is far from being won.In my view, this should go hand in hand with improvement of human habitat, poverty has a serious bearing on this in that, the poor sanitation set- up complicates the breeding control.