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A Cluster-Randomized Trial of Insecticide-Treated Curtains for Dengue Vector Control in Thailand

Lenhart, Audrey, Trongtokit, Yuwadee, Alexander, Neal, Apiwathnasorn, Chamnarn, Satimai, Wichai, Vanlerberghe, Veerle, Van der Stuyft, Patrick and McCall, Philip ORCID: (2013) 'A Cluster-Randomized Trial of Insecticide-Treated Curtains for Dengue Vector Control in Thailand'. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol 88, Issue 2, pp. 254-259.

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The efficacy of insecticide-treated window curtains (ITCs) for dengue vector control was evaluated in Thailand in a cluster-randomized controlled trial. A total of 2,037 houses in 26 clusters was randomized to receive the intervention or act as control (no treatment). Entomological surveys measured Aedes infestations (Breteau index, house index, container index, and pupae per person index) and oviposition indices (mean numbers of eggs laid in oviposition traps) immediately before and after intervention, and at 3-month intervals over 12 months. There were no consistent statistically significant differences in entomological indices between intervention and control clusters, although oviposition indices were lower (P < 0.01) in ITC clusters during the wet season. It is possible that the open housing structures in the study reduced the likelihood of mosquitoes making contact with ITCs. ITCs deployed in a region where this house design is common may be unsuitable for dengue vector control.

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Subjects: QX Parasitology > Insects. Other Parasites > QX 600 Insect control. Tick control
WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 110 Prevention and control of communicable diseases. Transmission of infectious diseases
WC Communicable Diseases > Virus Diseases > Infectious Mononucleosis. Arbovirus Infections > WC 528 Dengue
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Vector Biology Department
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Depositing User: Samantha Sheldrake
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2014 14:38
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:06


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