Reply to: Open Access | Dysregulation of Angiopoietins Is Associated with Placental Malaria and Low Birth Weight
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Reply to: Pedro Alonso to replace Rob Newman at GMP
I could not agree more. The NMCPs are the "boots on the ground" and should know what works best. I said should because at the moment, I am not sure these programmes fully grasp the scope of what is needed control and elimination requirement. Its probably a mix of unavailable and unusable data. Groups like the Clinton Foundation have been developing systems that could be applied to country-context to understand the implications of such a goal.
Reply to: Smell of infected people attracts more anophelines
Let me provide some more info on this matter. First, African anophelines are sensitive to extremely low concentrations of fatty acids from foot odour - thus, washing will not reduce the number of bites. In fact, these same odours are also produced on other parts of the body...
The study just published on additional attractiveness of gametocyte carrying hosts is not new and has in fact been done in humans and was published back in 2005 (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16076240).
The risk of picking up gametocytes is higher when feeding on children than on adults, so gambiae has developed a tendency to prefer biting adults. The parasite obviously needs a 'taxi', so tries to enhance the attractiveness of gametocyte carriers. It's an evolutionary war...
But washing of feet is, unfortunately, not going to help us much...
Reply to: Pyrethroid susceptibility of malaria vectors in four Districts of western Kenya
Is it wise to use pyrethroids for IRS when resistance is appearing? There are other families of insecticides such as organo-phosphates etc.