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GCE Special: Outdoor mosquito control using odour-baited devices: development and evaluation of a potential new strategy to complement indoor malaria prevention methods

May 27, 2013 - 19:54 -- Bart G.J. Knols
Fredros O. Okumu, Robert D. Sumaye, Nancy S. Matowo, Stephen P. Mwangungulu, Emmanuel W. Kaindoa, Irene R. Moshi, Edith P. Madumla, Dickson W. Lwetoijera
MWJ 2013, 4, 8
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To supplement current malaria prevention methods, and accelerate efforts towards elimination, this GCE project explores the use of outdoor mosquito control devices that mimic real humans, to attract and kill disease-transmitting vectors on a sustained basis. The idea (as envisioned in a GCE Phase I grant (2009) and Phase II grant (2011)) is to lure female Anopheles mosquitoes onto these outdoor ‘pseudo-hosts’, when positioned at optimally selected sites within or around human settlements, and then either trap these mosquitoes, contaminate them with substances that reduce their survival and ability to transmit disease or kill them instantly or within a few days after contact with the devices, thereby reducing exposure to mosquito bites and mosquito-borne pathogens.


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