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A New Test of a Theory about Old Mosquitoes

March 3, 2021 - 16:42 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Smith DL, Musiime AK, Maxwell K, Lindsay SW, Kiware S
Reference: 
Trends Parasitol. 2021 Mar;37(3):185-194

In vector control, it is widely accepted that killing adult mosquitoes would sharply reduce the proportion of old mosquitoes and cause the greatest changes to malaria transmission. The principle is based on a mathematical model of the sporozoite rate (the proportion of infective mosquitoes) that emphasized changes in mosquito age.

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