Spatial Repellency and the Field Evaluation of a Push-Pull Strategy for the Control of Malaria Vectors in Northern Belize, Central America
UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD BETHESDA United States
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Mosquito-borne diseases represent one of the most significant threats to human health worldwide, with hundreds of millions of infections resulting in extraordinary morbidity and mortality every year. Although vector control interventions are among the most effective known ways to prevent the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases, new strategies and paradigms are desperately needed to complement currently available tools. One novel approach to vector control currently being considered is a combined push-pull strategy, which uses spatial repellents and baited traps simultaneously in order to reduce human-vector interactions and to facilitate the capture and removal of vectors from the local environment. Here, a series of interdisciplinary studies was conducted to evaluate the potential for push-pull strategies to control mosquito vectors of human disease and to better define the physiological basis of spatial repellency.
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