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February 20, 2017
Important malaria vector sibling species in Africa mapped for the first time

Wiebe et al have published a new paper in Malaria JournalGeographical distributions of African malaria vector sibling species and evidence for insecticide resistance.

The aim of this study was to define the geographical distributions of dominant malaria vector sibling species in Africa so these distributions can be coupled with data on key factors such as insecticide resistance to aid more focussed, species-selective vector control.

The study found that sibling species display important variability in their geographical distributions and the most important malaria vector sibling species in Africa have been mapped here for the first time and the evidence for insecticide resistance in these species has been summarised.

The species-specific distributions can now be coupled with data on insecticide resistance, behaviour and vector status to make better informed decisions on vector control policy.