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With annual deaths from malaria on the rise: Scientists ask 'where is all the money going?'
Date:4/11/2008

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We need to address three issues vectors, parasites, and protect the human host, in an integrated fashion says Dr. Novak. He explains that by working with environmental and epidemiological information that is already available, researchers can determine where malaria mosquito populations are most concentrated and then design a control program with the right preventive methods. We can quickly access information by working with the Integrated Malaria Management Consortium. But, funding is needed to know where, when and how to apply the current tools that we have to be most effective with disease prevention. And, to properly educate the at-risk populations so they can better protect themselves.

Some of the tools that Dr. Novak refers to include modifying the environmental sources proven to house malaria mosquitoes; using environmentally friendly insecticides; determining the exact sections of marsh land, rivers and rice paddies that contain mosquito larvae, and only treating those areas during breeding times to more effectively manage the mosquito population. Identifying these hot spots is not only more environmentally friendly, but is also cost effective.

Relying on drugs and bed nets is the same mentality as in the 1960s and we know that thinking didnt work since malaria is still here stronger than ever, so we need to attack the disease in new and more efficient methods, says Dr. Novak. By properly combining past successful tactics in managing malaria with new technology in insecticides, surveillance, GIS/remote satellite, PCR and new drugs, malaria can become a minor disease.


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Contact: Rosalind D'Eugenio
rdeugenio@environics-usa.com
203-325-8772
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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