Mosquitoes resistant to insecticides discovered in Jigawa

A mosquito species resistant to most insecticide-treated bed nets except Primiphosmethyl-treated bed nets has been discovered in Jigawa State.

The discovery was made by a team of researchers from the Federal University of Dutse, led by Professor Mustapha Musa Dogara as part of their efforts to help in the fight against malaria.

The research is sponsored by the Global Malaria Program, as part of monitoring mosquito resistance against 3 classes of insecticides (pyrethroids, organochlorines and organophosphates) in the 36 states of the federation and the Territory of the federal capital.

Professor Dogara said the research became necessary when it became clear that mosquitoes around the world were developing resistance to long-lasting insecticide-treated nets coated with pyrethroid-based insecticides.

According to the professor, the breeding sites of the mosquito species have been identified and samples of its lavas have been collected from six local governments in Jigawa: Dutse, Birnin Kudu, Kafin Hausa, Auyo, Ringim and Taura.

The research results, Professor Dogara explained, show that only Primiphosmethl insecticides provide 100% protection against mosquitoes and their recommendation is that now only Primiphosmethl coated bed nets should be deployed in Jigawa State.

Reporting by Usman MZ; Editing by Muzha Kucha and Tony Okerafor

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