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Preferred resting surfaces of dominant malaria vectors inside different house types in rural south-eastern Tanzania

January 20, 2020 - 15:37 -- Open Access
Betwel J. Msugupakulya, Emmanuel W. Kaindoa, Halfan S. Ngowo, Japhet M. Kihonda, Najat F. Kahamba, Dickson S. Msaky, Damaris Matoke-Muhia, Patrick K. Tungu and Fredros O. Okumu
Malaria Journal 2020 19:22, 15 January 2020

Malaria control in Africa relies extensively on indoor residual spraying (IRS) and insecticide-treated nets (ITNs). IRS typically targets mosquitoes resting on walls, and in few cases, roofs and ceilings, using contact insecticides. Unfortunately, little attention is paid to where malaria vectors actually rest indoors, and how such knowledge could be used to improve IRS. This study investigated preferred resting surfaces of two major malaria vectors, Anopheles funestus and Anopheles arabiensis, inside four common house types in rural south-eastern Tanzania.

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