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Larval Source Management Should Be Used As Malaria Control Strategy

The Guardian: Targeting mosquito breeding sites in the fight against malaria
Lucy Tusting, a research degree student at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

“…Great success has been achieved in malaria control in the past decade, with global malaria mortality cut by a quarter. However, our core vector control tools — long-lasting insecticide-treated bednets (LLINs) and indoor residual spraying of homes (IRS) — are being undermined by mosquito resistance to insecticides. Larval source management, or LSM, could be an additional strategy. … Of course, we must continue to advocate for high levels of funding for malaria control. It is also imperative to maintain high coverage with current first line interventions. Long-lasting insecticide treated nets, indoor residual spraying, preventive medication for high-risk groups and good case management remain integral to tackling this ancient disease” (2/24).