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Free Content Susceptibility status of malaria vectors to insecticides commonly used for malaria control in Tanzania

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Objective  The aim of the study was to monitor the insecticide susceptibility status of malaria vectors in 12 sentinel districts of Tanzania.

Methods  WHO standard methods were used to detect knock‐down and mortality in the wild female Anopheles mosquitoes collected in sentinel districts. The WHO diagnostic doses of 0.05% deltamethrin, 0.05% lambdacyhalothrin, 0.75% permethrin and 4% DDT were used.

Results  The major malaria vectors in Tanzania, Anopheles gambiae s.l., were susceptible (mortality rate of 98–100%) to permethrin, deltamethrin, lambdacyhalothrin and DDT in most of the surveyed sites. However, some sites recorded marginal susceptibility (mortality rate of 80–97%); Ilala showed resistance to DDT (mortality rate of 65% [95% CI, 54–74]), and Moshi showed resistance to lambdacyhalothrin (mortality rate of 73% [95% CI, 69–76]) and permethrin (mortality rate of 77% [95% CI, 73–80]).

Conclusions  The sustained susceptibility of malaria vectors to pyrethroid in Tanzania is encouraging for successful malaria control with Insecticide‐treated nets and IRS. However, the emergency of focal points with insecticide resistance is alarming. Continued monitoring is essential to ensure early containment of resistance, particularly in areas that recorded resistance or marginal susceptibility and those with heavy agricultural and public health use of insecticides.
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Language: English

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1:  National Institute for Medical Research, Amani Research Centre, Muheza, Tanzania 2:  Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College of Tumaini University, Moshi, Tanzania 3:  National Institute for Medical Research, Tukuyu Research Centre, Tukuyu, Tanzania 4:  National Institute for Medical Research, Tabora Research Centre, Tabora, Tanzania 5:  National Malaria Control Programme, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 6:  Tropical Pesticides Research Institute, Arusha, Tanzania 7:  WHO Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Publication date: June 1, 2012

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