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House modifications for preventing malaria

October 20, 2020 - 16:15 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Furnival-Adams J, Olanga EA, Napier M, Garner P
Reference: 
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2020 Oct 15;10:CD013398

Despite being preventable, malaria remains an important public health problem. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that overall progress in malaria control has plateaued for the first time since the turn of the century. Researchers and policymakers are therefore exploring alternative and supplementary malaria vector control tools. Research in 1900 indicated that modification of houses may be effective in reducing malaria: this is now being revisited, with new research now examining blocking house mosquito entry points or modifying house construction materials to reduce exposure of inhabitants to infectious bites.

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