Mysterious Drop In Mosquito Numbers

Photo: Arthur Chapman (CC)

Photo: Arthur Chapman (CC)

Is this a good or a bad thing? Incidents of malaria are reduced, but there are less people to test treatment on. Via BBC News:

Malaria-carrying mosquitoes are disappearing in some parts of Africa, but scientists are unsure as to why.

Figures indicate controls such as anti-mosquito bed nets are having a significant impact on the incidence of malaria in some sub-Saharan countries.

But in Malaria Journal, researchers say mosquitoes are also disappearing from areas with few controls.

They are uncertain if mosquitoes are being eradicated or whether they will return with renewed vigour.

Data from countries such as Tanzania, Eritrea, Rwanda, Kenya and Zambia all indicate that the incidence of malaria is dropping fast.

[Continues at BBC News]

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  • Adaugeo

    I hope the title of this article is not saying the draw back of having fewer cases of malaria is there are fewer people to experiment on with unknown treatments. There is a concern about what could happen when they start coming back or what the unknown implications are for the rest of the food chain. But I must have misread the opener to this article because that would be one of the farthest reaches of logic I’ve seen outside of FOX news.

  • Adaugeo

    I hope the title of this article is not saying the draw back of having fewer cases of malaria is there are fewer people to experiment on with unknown treatments. There is a concern about what could happen when they start coming back or what the unknown implications are for the rest of the food chain. But I must have misread the opener to this article because that would be one of the farthest reaches of logic I’ve seen outside of FOX news.

  • bobbiethejean

    Yeah, everywhere except in my !@#$%^&* back YARD! Bastards. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobbie-Jean-Pentecost/100000391760333 Bobbie Jean Pentecost

    Yeah, everywhere except in my !@#$%^&* back YARD! Bastards.