New Malaria-Carrying Mosquito Found in Kenya | Environment News ServicePosted: September 24, 2012
“The practical implication for malaria control programs is that there is no substitute for careful monitoring of mosquito populations. In order to be effective, such monitoring must be carried out by specialist experts who have the skills to recognise and investigate unexpected entomological observations,” said Lines, who now works with the Malaria Control and Vector Biology program at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
The scientists write in their study, “Cryptic species or subpopulations that exhibit divergent behaviors may be responsible for maintaining malaria parasite transmission, and without adequate discriminatory techniques, these vectors may be misidentified and their key behavioral differences overlooked.”
They are calling for increased surveillance and a focus on integrating a wider range of malaria control tools to deal with the threat of outdoor malaria transmission.