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Repellents and New “Spaces of Concern” in Global Health

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Ann H. Kelly, Hermione N. Boko Koudakossi, Sarah J. Moore

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)464-478
Number of pages14
JournalMedical Anthropology
Issue number5
Early online date8 Jun 2017
Accepted/In press24 May 2017
E-pub ahead of print8 Jun 2017
Published4 Jul 2017


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Today, malaria prevention hinges upon two domestic interventions: insecticide-treated bed nets and indoor residual spraying. As mosquitoes grow resistant to these tools, however, novel approaches to vector control have become a priority area of malaria research and development. Spatial repellency, a volumetric mode of action that seeks to reduce disease transmission by creating an atmosphere inimical to mosquitoes, represents one way forward. Drawing from research that sought to develop new repellent chemicals in conversation with users from sub-Saharan Africa and the United States, we consider the implications of a non-insecticidal paradigm of vector control for how we understand the political ecology of malaria.

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