Insecticide resistance: a challenge to malaria vector control in Ethiopia
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Published: 9 November 2012
In Ethiopia, indoor residual spraying (IRS) and insecticide-treated bed nets form the main malaria vector control. As the two tools rely on synthetic insecticides, it was found necessary to document the up-to-date distribution and levels of insecticide susceptibility of Anopheles arabiensis.
Materials and methods
Between 2008 and 2011, insecticide susceptibility tests were carried out in 39 localities out of which 12 were repeatedly visited from 2 to 4 years. Tests were conducted using WHO test kits and procedures  on non-blood fed, 48-72 hours old female An. arabiensis which were reared from field collected larvae and pupae. The insecticides were discriminating doses of DDT, malathion, fenitrothion, primiphos-methyl, propoxur, bendiocarb, deltamethrin and lambdacyhalothrin. Controls were exposed to insecticide free oil impregnated papers. The WHO recommendations were applied to classify the population as susceptible, acquiring possible resistance and resistance . The presence and frequency of the target site insensitive resistance mechanisms, kdr (L1014F mutation) and ace-1 (G119S mutation) were investigated from vector populations of nine localities following the procedures described in [2, 3].
Mortality results of Anopheles arabiensis and number of localities with susceptible and resistant populations (2008-2011)
Number of localities with An.arabiensis
Possible of resistance
Similar studies in the past by other workers [4–7] together with this one showed increased resistance of An. arabiensis to insecticides belonging to the four major classes. This would pose a serious challenge to vector control in the coming years. Given the small number of insecticides for IRS and LLINs, the Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia should take timely measure by formulating a policy as well as implementing insecticide resistance management within the frame work of integrated vector management.
The assistance of regional MOH staff including those retired is greatly acknowledged. The study obtained financial support from the President’s Malaria Initiative and World Health Organization.
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