CDC: Mosquitoes can develop resistance to insecticides
The Bacolod City government recently announced the arrival of 200 insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs), which are hung over beds to prevent mosquito bites during sleep. The donation was provided by BASF Philippines, which supplies chemicals for various industries.
While the equipment will primarily be used to combat the ongoing dengue fever problem, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ITNs are often used as a means of preventing malaria, which is also spread through mosquitoes.
According to BASF Philippines Corporate Affairs Manager Michelle Santos, an outreach program was previously held in Bacolod City’s Barangay Tangub.
Meanwhile, a CDC study found, with only two types of insecticides approved for use on ITNs, pyrroles and pyrethroids, there have been instances where mosquitoes have developed a resistance to pyrethroids.
They also noted, “The need for frequent retreatment was a major barrier to widespread use of ITNs in endemic countries.”/WDJ