Washington: Researchers have come up with the cheapest and most efficient way so far to trap adult mosquitoes and the deadly diseases they carry, from malaria to the West Nile Virus.
"I come from a developing country," says the Argentine native. "I understand what it feels like to know that there is a health technology available, and to not have the money to access it." For decades, public health officials have struggled to conduct mosquito surveillance. One early method, with obvious drawbacks, was to expose a bit of skin and count the bites. Another low-tech method is to spray a home with insecticide, and gather the bugs that fall onto on a drop cloth, says an EU release. Mosquito traps baited with a chemical that mimics human sweat are sometimes used to catch live adult insects. But these traps capture only females who are looking for a meal. These findings were published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. IANS
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