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Responses of Anopheles gambiae complex mosquitoes to the use of untreated bednets in The Gambia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2519670     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Population dynamics of the Anopheles gambiae complex of malaria vector mosquitoes were studied in four small hamlets in The Gambia. Bednets were used to reduce man/vector contact in two of the hamlets. High densities of An. gambiae, sensu lato, were present for only 3-8 weeks during the rainy season, depending on the position of the hamlet within the study area. The proportions of blood-fed mosquitoes caught indoors (83.0%) and existing from houses (11.6%) were lower in hamlets where bednets were used than in hamlets without (96.5% and 33.1% respectively). Fewer of the blood-fed mosquitoes had fed on man in houses where people slept under bednets (68.2%) than in those without (81.5%). However, the average number of infective bites received by children was still greater than one a year in hamlets where bednets were used. Consequently bednets are considered unlikely to be an effective malaria control measure so long as they are untreated with insecticide.
S W Lindsay; F C Shenton; R W Snow; B M Greenwood
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical and veterinary entomology     Volume:  3     ISSN:  0269-283X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. Vet. Entomol.     Publication Date:  1989 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-02-12     Completed Date:  1992-02-12     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8708682     Medline TA:  Med Vet Entomol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  253-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Medical Research Council Laboratories, Fajara, The Gambia.
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MeSH Terms
Anopheles / physiology*
Bedding and Linens*
Insect Bites and Stings / prevention & control*
Insect Vectors / physiology*
Malaria / prevention & control*
Mosquito Control / methods

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