The importance of mosquito behavioural adaptations to malaria control in Africa

Gatton, Michelle L., Chitnis, Nakul, Churcher, Thomas, Donnelly, Martin J., Ghani, Azra C., Godfray, H. Charles J., Gould, Fred, Hastings, Ian, Marshell, John, Ranson, Hilary, Rowland, Mark, Shaman, Jeff, & Lindsay, Steve W. (2013) The importance of mosquito behavioural adaptations to malaria control in Africa. Evolution, 67(4), pp. 1218-1230.

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Over the past decade the use of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs), in combination with improved drug therapies, indoor residual spraying (IRS) and better health infrastructure, has helped reduce malaria in many African countries for the first time in a generation. However, insecticide resistance in the vector is an evolving threat to these gains. We review emerging and historical data on behavioural resistance in response to LLINs and IRS. Overall the current literature suggests behavioural and species changes may be emerging, but the data are sparse and, at times unconvincing. However, preliminary modelling has demonstrated that behavioural resistance could have significant impacts on the effectiveness of malaria control. We propose seven recommendations to improve understanding of resistance in malaria vectors. Determining the public health impact of physiological and behavioural insecticide resistance is an urgent priority if we are to maintain the significant gains made in reducing malaria morbidity and mortality.

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ID Code: 56588
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: insecticidal nets, indoor residual spraying, resistance, Anopheles
DOI: 10.1111/evo.12063
ISSN: 1558-5646
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY (060300) > Biological Adaptation (060303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > GENETICS (060400) > Population Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics (060411)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Author(s). Evolution copyright 2013 The Society for the Study of Evolution.
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Deposited On: 22 Jan 2013 22:46
Last Modified: 18 May 2017 03:21

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