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Durham University team makes breakthrough in fight against malaria
RESEARCHERS from a North-East university have discovered evidence that could significantly cut the number of cases of the killer disease malaria across the globe.
Durham University scientists have found that targeting mosquito breeding sites can, in some areas, reduce by 75 per cent the number of malaria cases, a disease which claims an estimated 660,000 lives around the world every year.
The team have carried out the first systematic review of the use of larval source management (LSM), targeting mosquito larvae and pupae found in standing water before they turn into flying adults which can spread malaria.
The technique using chemicals to kill the larvae and also tries to permanently remove the standing water the young mosquitoes need, by draining land or clearing drains to make water flow.
Academics found that, when used in appropriate settings, the method may significantly reduce both the number of cases of malaria and the proportion of people infected with the parasite.
The review found LSM could be an important strategy in the control of malaria both in urban and rural areas, if applied with proper management and funding. Study co-author Steve Lindsay, Professor in the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Durham University, said: "This paper is a landmark publication demonstrating that in many places, larval source management should be used as a supplementary weapon against malaria.
"It will therefore be combined with insecticide-treated bed nets or indoor residual spraying to hammer down malaria across the tropics."
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