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Trends Parasitol. 2005 Nov;21(11):504-7. Epub 2005 Sep 8.

Insecticide-treated nets against malaria vectors and polystyrene beads against Culex larvae.

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  • 1London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT, UK.


In Parasitology Today in 1985, Curtis and Lines, and Curtis and Minjas presented the ideas of insecticide-treated nets and polystyrene beads for mosquito control. The former idea has grown to be a major component of the strategy for malaria prevention, especially in Africa. However, although polystyrene beads have been demonstrated to work extremely well, they have yet to be taken up on a major scale.

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