Kenya to host mosquito conference
03 October 2014, 07:43
Nairobi - More than 150 international scientists, researchers, policy makers and corporate scientific leaders are due to meet in Nairobi on Sunday for the first mosquito conference, organizers said on Thursday.
The four-day inaugural Pan-African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) conference brings together local and international entomologists involved in mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, Rift Valley Fever, Dengue, Yellow Fever and Chikungunya.
"Efforts will also focus on providing critical technical supports as countries refine their malaria elimination strategies and on a sustained call for increased investments in this critical area," said a statement from the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) which is organizing the conference.
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According to KEMRI, discussions involving the reemergence of mosquito-borne diseases that are now present such as Dengue, Rift Valley fever will be on focus.
Mosquitoes-borne related diseases are responsible for one million deaths worldwide annually. According to KEMRI, major successes achieved in the fight against malaria are largely due to efforts aimed at killing mosquitoes.
"Targeted attack of these critters is through deployment of insecticides on bed nets or spraying inside houses. But mosquitoes are developing resistance to these chemicals while at the same time global funds for their deployment are shrinking," it said.
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