A global assessment of surveillance methods for dominant malaria vectors

Van de Straat, Bram, Russell, Tanya L., Staunton, Kyran M., Sinka, Marianne E., and Burkot, Thomas R. (2021) A global assessment of surveillance methods for dominant malaria vectors. Scientific Reports, 11. 15337.

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The epidemiology of human malaria differs considerably between and within geographic regions due, in part, to variability in mosquito species behaviours. Recently, the WHO emphasised stratifying interventions using local surveillance data to reduce malaria. The usefulness of vector surveillance is entirely dependent on the biases inherent in the sampling methods deployed to monitor mosquito populations. To understand and interpret mosquito surveillance data, the frequency of use of malaria vector collection methods was analysed from a georeferenced vector dataset (> 10,000 data records), extracted from 875 manuscripts across Africa, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region. Commonly deployed mosquito collection methods tend to target anticipated vector behaviours in a region to maximise sample size (and by default, ignoring other behaviours). Mosquito collection methods targeting both host-seeking and resting behaviours were seldomly deployed concurrently at the same site. A balanced sampling design using multiple methods would improve the understanding of the range of vector behaviours, leading to improved surveillance and more effective vector control.

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Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2045-2322
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Funders: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), ZOOMAL, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Projects and Grants: BMGF Contract No. 18931, ZOOMAL #LS-2019-116
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2021 01:25
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