Journal article

Entomological determinants of insecticide-treated bed net effectiveness in Western Myanmar

Frank M Smithuis, Moe Kyaw Kyaw, U Ohn Phe, Ingrid van der Broek, Nina Katterman, Colin Rogers, Patrick Almeida, Piet A Kager, Kasia Stepniewska, Yoel Lubell, Julie A Simpson, Nicholas J White

MALARIA JOURNAL | BMC | Published : 2013


BACKGROUND: In a large cluster randomized control trial of insecticide-treated bed nets (ITN) in Western Myanmar the malaria protective effect of ITN was found to be highly variable and, in aggregate, the effect was not statistically significant. A coincident entomological investigation measured malaria vector abundance and biting behaviour and the human population sleeping habits, factors relevant to ITN effectiveness. METHODS: Entomological surveys were carried out using different catching methods to identify potential malaria vector species and characterise their biting habits. The salivary glands were dissected from all female anophelines caught to identify sporozoites by microscopy. FIN..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We are grateful to the staff of the malaria clinics, the staff of the Vector Borne Disease Control ( Department of Health) and the clinical and laboratory staff of Medecins sans Frontieres Holland for their support and hard work. Kasia Stepniewska, Yoel Lubell and Professor Nicholas White are supported by The Wellcome Trust of Great Britain as part of the Wellcome Trust Mahidol University Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Programme. The study was financed by Medecins sans Frontieres Holland.