Filling puddles for malaria control

“Pool-filling could control malaria” an article at AllAfrica.com says.

True, but so could swatting enough mosquitoes with your hands. The existence of an intervention does not mean its viable. Media communication of science research or public health news (previously discussed here) is consistently poor. To be fair, the environmental control of malaria can be an appropriate tool.  Historically, Brazil, Italy, Panama and a few other countries have used it with good success. Why did it work there? First, reducing mosquito density will have little effect on transmission in highly endemic areas, but these countries had the right ecotype. Second, environmental control is labor intensive and requires strong management, both of which were provided through military-style campaigns.

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3 Responses to “Filling puddles for malaria control”


  1. 1 Sydney March 7, 2009 at 2:05 am

    That’s True i appreciate your article because as we know that Malaria is a very critical issue for us and many people are dieing just because of malaria. I think our government should look into this issue as soon as possibe otherwise it may create a lot of problems for heman being. Great post i look forward to read more!
    Sydney

  2. 2 Kevin March 17, 2009 at 1:42 am

    So, what are your thoughts on the “mosquito laser”? 1. Does it seem feasible, and 2. would there be any environmental backlash from mass killing all of these mosquitoes at one time?

  3. 3 naman March 17, 2009 at 11:21 am

    You know, that’s a good question – I’m not sure what the broader ecological role of mosquitoes is and what impact mass killing would have. As for 1) does shooting mosquitoes out of the air with lasers sound feasible? No. But I’m sure it’s fun and it makes a good news story.


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