Anti-malaria products from Cuba meet some resistance in Africa – Cuba – MiamiHerald.com

an April report by the World Health Organization cautioned about the use of larvicides to control malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Biological or chemical larvicides kill the larvae of mosquitoes that transmit malaria, dengue and many other diseases.Larvicides should be used “only in areas where the breeding sites are few, fixed and findable” — rare in Africa — and there are more cost-effective ways of fighting malaria, said the report by WHO, which is part of the United Nations.The most cost-effective ways of fighting malaria in rural Africa are insecticide-treated bed nets, spot sprays, drugs and diagnostics, the report added. Larvicides might be more effective in urban areas, but “more good-quality evidence is needed to support this view.”The report “is not saying larvicides are conclusively inefficient, but that we have not seen strong evidence to support its use,” said Dr. Rainier Escalada, a malaria expert at the Pan American Health Organization, which operates as WHO’s branch in Latin America.The Pesticide Evaluation Scheme run by WHO has not checked the effectiveness of any larvicide submitted by Cuba, said Dr. Raman Velayudhan, a dengue expert at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

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