Insecticide resistance threatens malaria control in Africa

Adele Baleta | 07 Nov 2009
The Lancet
Researchers in west Africa are monitoring a worrying development for malaria-control efforts: the rise of insecticide resistance in mosquitoes in the region. Adele Baleta reports from Burkina Faso.

Fields of cotton bolls puffed up like freshly popped corn is a success story for subsistence farmers in Burkina Faso. But bumper crops come with a heavy health cost as insecticide sprays, used to ensure good plant yields, have added to the west African country's malaria burden.

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