Odour baits can attract host-seeking Anopheles mosquitoes indoors and outdoors. We assessed the effects of mass deployment of odour-baited traps on malaria transmission and disease burden. The unexpectedly low clinical incidence of malaria during roll-out led to an imprecise estimate of effectiveness from the clinical incidence data. The substantial effect on malaria prevalence is explained by reduction in densities of Anopheles funestus. Odour-baited traps might be an effective malaria intervention.
Author: alaii J, Bousema T, Di Pasquale A, Hiscox A, Homan T, Leeuwis C, Maire N, Masiga D, Mukabana WR, Mweresa CK, Oria P, Silkey M, Smith TA, Takken W
Publication date: September 2016
Source: The Lancet