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Evaluation of mosquito electrocuting traps as a safe alternative to the human landing catch for measuring human exposure to malaria vectors in Burkina Faso

December 9, 2019 - 15:55 -- Open Access
Antoine Sanou, W. Moussa Guelbéogo, Luca Nelli, K. Hyacinth Toé, Soumanaba Zongo, Pierre Ouédraogo, Fatoumata Cissé, Nosrat Mirzai, Jason Matthiopoulos, N’falé Sagnon and Heather M. Ferguson
Malaria Journal 2019 18:386, 2 December 2019

Measuring human exposure to mosquito bites is a crucial component of vector-borne disease surveillance. For malaria vectors, the human landing catch (HLC) remains the gold standard for direct estimation of exposure. This method, however, is controversial since participants risk exposure to potentially infected mosquito bites. Recently an exposure-free mosquito electrocuting trap (MET) was developed to provide a safer alternative to the HLC. Early prototypes of the MET performed well in Tanzania but have yet to be tested in West Africa, where malaria vector species composition, ecology and behaviour are different. The performance of the MET relative to HLC for characterizing mosquito vector population dynamics and biting behaviour in Burkina Faso was evaluated.

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