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Should pyrethroids be banned for Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS)?

May 20, 2010 - 11:41 -- Bart G.J. Knols
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Today a new forum topic was launched by Drs Derek Charlwood and Erling Pedersen from DBL in Copenhagen. They argue that pyrethroids should no longer be used for indoor residual spraying and be reserved for use on bednets. What's your opinion?

Clinical Microbiology: Long-lasting insecticide–treated net usage in eastern Sierra Leone – the success of free distribution

March 11, 2010 - 13:08 -- Patrick Sampao
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Sibylle Gerstl, Sophie Dunkley, Ahmed Mukhtar, Peter Maes, Martin De Smet, Samuel Baker, Jacob Maikere
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Tropical Medicine & International Health,Volume 15, Issue 4,April 2010, Pages: 480-488

Our results show that MSF achieved good usage with freely distributed LLINs. It is one of the few areas where results almost achieve the new targets set in 2005 by Roll Back Malaria to have at least 80% of pregnant women and children under 5 years using LLINs by 2010.

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What do bednets and Trabant cars have in common?

February 3, 2010 - 16:08 -- Bart G.J. Knols

There is a good reason for putting out a large variety of products with similar function on the market – like cars. It simply has to do with our innate differences in preference with regard to colour, shape, make, etc. Some like a blue car, others a white or a red one. And, suprise surprise, the great level of differentation means that almost everyone can find a car that matches his/her preferences at an affordable price....

'Mosquito: The fascinating world of public enemy number I' is out

November 27, 2009 - 11:22 -- Bart G.J. Knols

'Mug: De fascinerende wereld van volksvijand nummer I' went on sale in Dutch bookstores last Friday. The book (in Dutch) was written for the general public, to become familiarised with the difficulties of controlling diseases like malaria in developing countries. Given the absence of malaria in the Netherlands since 1959, the Dutch population has now lived for five decades without the threat of a mosquito-borne disease. There is therefore remarkably little general knowledge about mosquito-borne diseases, notably malaria.

Combining Fungal Biopesticides and Insecticide-Treated Bednets to Enhance Malaria Control

November 10, 2009 - 13:15 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
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Hancock PA
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PLoS Comput Biol 5(10): e1000525

In developing strategies to control malaria vectors, there is increased interest in biological methods that do not cause instant vector mortality, but have sublethal and lethal effects at different ages and stages in the mosquito life cycle. By incorporating biological mechanisms relevant to vectorial capacity, continuous-time vector population models can increase their applicability to integrated vector management.

 

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