Journal article

Host-dependent Anopheles flavirostris larval distribution reinforces the risk of malaria near water

DH Foley, EP Torres, I Mueller, JH Bryan, V Bell

Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2003

Abstract

Malaria control strategies are more likely to be successful if groups at high risk can be accurately predicted. Given that mosquitoes have an obligate aquatic phase we were interested in determining how vector larval abundance relates to the spatial distribution of human malaria infection. We examined the relationship between malaria parasite prevalence and distance from vector larval habitat, and vector larval abundance and distance from human habitation, in separate studies in rural, low-endemic areas of the Philippines. Parasite prevalence among symptomatic patients was significantly higher among those living in proximity (< or = 50 m) to potential larval habitats of the major vector, Ano..

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