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A possible alternative method for collecting mosquito larvae in rice fields

By Goff Gilbert, Robert Vincent, Ariey Frédéric and Duchemin Jean-Bernard


<p>Abstract</p> <p>Background</p> <p>Rice fields are efficient breeding places for malaria vectors in Madagascar. In order to establish as easily as possible if a rice field is an effective larval site for anophelines, we compared classical dipping versus a net as methods of collecting larvae.</p> <p>Results</p> <p>Using similar collecting procedures, we found that the total number of anopheline larvae collected with the net was exactly double (174/87) that collected by dipping. The number of anopheline species collected was also greater with a net.</p> <p>Conclusions</p> <p>The net is an effective means of collecting anopheline larvae and can be used for qualitative ecological studies and to rapidly determine which rice fields are containing malaria vectors.</p

Topics: Internal medicine, RC31-1245, Medicine, R, DOAJ:Internal medicine, DOAJ:Medicine (General), DOAJ:Health Sciences, Arctic medicine. Tropical medicine, RC955-962, Infectious and parasitic diseases, RC109-216
Publisher: BioMed Central
Year: 2002
DOI identifier: 10.1186/1475-2875-1-4
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