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Insecticide resistance threatens malaria control programmes, WHO says

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3416 (Published 15 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3416
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

Concerned by the emerging threat that resistance to insecticides poses to programmes to control malaria vectors, the World Health Organization this week launched a new global plan for insecticide resistance management.

WHO says, “Vector control is a central, critical component of all malaria control strategies.” Control relies primarily on two interventions: long lasting insecticidal nets and indoor residual spraying. Use of both has increased significantly over the past decade as part of a drive towards universal coverage of all populations at risk, “saving hundreds of thousands of lives.”

WHO is worried that resistance is now becoming widespread: it is now reported in …

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