London: Insecticide-treated nets can prevent malaria despite mosquitoes developing resistance to the substances used on the nets, a study says.
Researchers found that doses of the insecticide “deltamethrin” that are tolerated by resistant mosquitoes can interfere with development of the malaria parasite in the stomach of the mosquito. Insecticide resistance remains a major threat to malaria control.
“Our findings could help to explain why, so far, insecticide-treated nets seem to remain partly effective despite increasing resistance”, said study author Jo Lines from the London school of hygiene and tropical medicine, reports IANS.
“This is a significant result. It suggests that the use of insecticide-treated nets might continue to reduce malaria,” said Tarekegn Abeku.
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