Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
ZIMMERMAN, R. H. and VOORHAM, J.. Use of insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets and other impregnated materials for malaria control in the Americas. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 1997, vol.2, n.1, pp. 18-25. ISSN 1020-4989. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49891997000700004.
This article reviews the current status of the use of insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets and other impregnated materials in the Americas. Studies from Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela are examined. It is concluded that most studies have suffered from experimental design errors, short duration problems, and/or inadequate measurement of health indicators. The review brings out the great difficulty of conducting scientific studies that attempt to measure the impact of insecticide-treated materials on malaria incidence. In particular, the low incidence of malaria in the Americas, the high prevalences of P. vivax and relapsing cases, and the relationship between human activity patterns and the crepuscular biting patterns of certain malaria vectors stand in the way of easy experimental design and execution. The utilization of impregnated mosquito nets or other impregnated materials as a major component of an integrated malaria control program would be premature at this time. However, it is recommended that well-conceived large-scale trials and interventions be considered when they are based on a thorough understanding of the dynamics of malaria transmission in the area of study.