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Better management strategies needed to control malaria

Washington, Wed, 11 Jul 2012 ANI

Washington, July 11 (ANI): Summer brings back mosquitoes, and with them comes the threat of many diseases.

And experts are on the way to find the best method to tackle this enemy.

Insecticide resistance is threatening the effectiveness of insecticide-treated bed nets and indoor insecticide sprays to control adult mosquito vectors, and so more sustainable integrated management strategies that use optimal suites of control tactics are needed.

These are the arguments of Willem Takken from the Wageningen University and Research Centre in The Netherlands and colleagues.

Experience in agriculture suggests that such integrated approaches can provide more effective and durable pest management, said the researchers, which will require increased investment in research and translational science.

But they argued that failure to act risks a resurgence of malaria and erosion of community support and donor commitment.

Their argument appeared in this week's PLoS Medicine. (ANI)

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