Tracking the spread of mosquito insecticide resistance across Africa


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IMAGE: Deltamethrin Resistance in Anopheles gambiae s.l. mosquitoes.
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Credit: Penelope Hancock

In a step toward better control of the mosquitoes that transmit malaria, researchers have mapped the patterns of insecticide resistance in Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes across Africa. The new study, published June 25, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by Catherine Moyes and Penelope Hancock of the University of Oxford, UK, and collaborators, found that resistance to five mainstream insecticides increased dramatically between 2005 and 2017.

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