New Way To Fight Malaria: Take Pill That Kills Mosquitos After First Bite

Armigeres_subalbatus_mosquitoMalaria is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes. Many communities in Africa and Asia best treatment is in prevention, using insect repellents and nets to sleep in and. This inexpensive deworming pill kills the mosquito once it bites a human who has consumed the medicine, reducing the number of mosquitoes able to pass disease amongst inhabitants. Via The New York Times:

Scientists have proposed an intriguing new way to fight malaria: turning people into human time bombs for mosquitoes.

A cheap deworming pill used in Africa for 25 years against river blindness was recently shown to have a power that scientists had long suspected but never before demonstrated in the field: When mosquitoes bite people who have recently swallowed the drug — called ivermectin or Mectizan — they die.

Other scientists caution that while the mosquito-poisoning trick is pretty nifty, it is not very practical: For it to work effectively, nearly everyone in a mosquito-infested area must take the pills simultaneously.

Getting thousands of villagers to do that even in annual deworming campaigns is a logistical nightmare, scientists said. The mosquito-killing effect appears to fade out within a month, so it would need to be repeated monthly.

[Continues at NY Times]

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24 Responses to New Way To Fight Malaria: Take Pill That Kills Mosquitos After First Bite

  1. Anonymous July 12, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    Africa: The west’s cesspit for toxic drugs

  2. JoiquimCouteau July 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    Africa: The west’s cesspit for toxic drugs

  3. VoxMagi July 12, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    Never mind the logistics of a campaign to get any place on earth that has encountered a drug company before to trust them again. Good luck with that. At this point, even if you told them the pills would give them giant cocks and a pouch of gold…they’d still nod politely and pitch it after they got home.

  4. VoxMagi July 12, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    Never mind the logistics of a campaign to get any place on earth that has encountered a drug company before to trust them again. Good luck with that. At this point, even if you told them the pills would give them giant cocks and a pouch of gold…they’d still nod politely and pitch it after they got home.

  5. VoxMagi July 12, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    Never mind the logistics of a campaign to get any place on earth that has encountered a drug company before to trust them again. Good luck with that. At this point, even if you told them the pills would give them giant cocks and a pouch of gold…they’d still nod politely and pitch it after they got home.

    • wizard troll July 12, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

      umm its africa, they already have giant cocks. Now where is me gold?

      • TooFunny July 13, 2011 at 11:17 am #

        LOL…oh, thanks for that :)

  6. Anonymous July 12, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    This is actually a good idea…as far as I understand ivermectin is tolerated fairly well, it is a component in heartworm prevention given to dogs monthly.

  7. MoralDrift July 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    This is actually a good idea…as far as I understand ivermectin is tolerated fairly well, it is a component in heartworm prevention given to dogs monthly.

  8. Anonymous July 12, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    Call me Skeeta Killa….

  9. GoodDoktorBad July 12, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    Call me Skeeta Killa….

  10. Anonymous July 12, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

    Swamp draining and sanitation combined with a healthy dose of DDT would eliminate this awful disease.

    It worked wonders in Russia and Italy which are both now malaria-free.

    The swarthy get some variety of this fucking nonsense peddled every 6 months while they slowly die in agony.

  11. FergalR July 12, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    Swamp draining and sanitation combined with a healthy dose of DDT would eliminate this awful disease.

    It worked wonders in Russia and Italy which are both now malaria-free.

    The swarthy get some variety of this fucking nonsense peddled every 6 months while they slowly die in agony.

  12. Chaorder Gradient July 13, 2011 at 12:02 am #

    This also happens to kill vampires as an added plus

  13. Chaorder Gradient July 12, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    This also happens to kill vampires as an added plus

  14. wizard troll July 13, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    umm its africa, they already have giant cocks. Now where is me gold?

  15. wizard troll July 13, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    umm its africa, they already have giant cocks. Now where is me gold?

  16. wizard troll July 13, 2011 at 1:11 am #

    put it in the water supply. We put many toxins  in the water here just for oral health, so many toxins that i need to treat my aquarium water or else my fish die. If its possible to place it in the water supply and wont cause major side effects like the mental retardation fluoride brings.

  17. wizard troll July 12, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    put it in the water supply. We put many toxins  in the water here just for oral health, so many toxins that i need to treat my aquarium water or else my fish die. If its possible to place it in the water supply and wont cause major side effects like the mental retardation fluoride brings.

  18. Grover Lembeck July 13, 2011 at 1:24 am #

    The $10,000 question- will it work on bedbugs?

  19. Grover Lembeck July 12, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    The $10,000 question- will it work on bedbugs?

    • wizard troll July 12, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

      and the million dollar answer is NO nothing works. 

  20. wizard troll July 13, 2011 at 2:40 am #

    and the million dollar answer is NO nothing works. 

  21. TooFunny July 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    LOL…oh, thanks for that :)

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