Indoor Spraying With Alternative Insecticide Reduces Malaria Transmission In Benin, Study Says

“Indoor spraying with the insecticide bendiocarb has dramatically decreased malaria transmission in many parts of Benin, new evidence that insecticides remain a potent weapon for fighting malaria in Africa despite the rapid rise of resistance to an entire class of mosquito-killing compounds,” researchers from Benin’s Entomologic Research Center in Cotonou report in a study published Wednesday in the October edition of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (AJTMH), according to an AJTMH press release. “Scientists … evaluated the effects of two applications of bendiocarb in homes throughout the West African country over an eight-month period in 2009,” the press release notes (10/5).