Malaria researchers propose targeting breeding sites

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Mosquito bloated with blood Mosquitoes are increasingly resistant to insecticides

 

A new report says targeting mosquito breeding sites is likely to be increasingly necessary to reduce cases of malaria in Africa and Asia.

Researchers say that with mosquitoes becoming ever more resistant to insecticides, new approaches will be needed to help control the disease.

They include flushing out stagnant water where mosquito larvae grow.

More than 600,000 people died from the malaria in 2010, most of them children in Africa.

The number of deaths from malaria has fallen by a quarter in the last decade, largely thanks to the widespread distribution of mosquito nets treated with insecticides and the use of indoor insecticides sprays, reports the BBC’s global health reporter Tulip Mazumdar.

But the insects are becoming increasingly resistant to these chemicals, so a new report by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine says authorities should use a…

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