Use of larvivorous fish in mosquito control has been well established specially the effectiveness of fishes like Gambusia affinis, Poecilia reticulata and some indigenous fishes in different mosquito breeding habitats. However, reports on operational level scaling up or largescale use of fishes are scanty. In India, use of larvivorous fishes has become an element in vector control policy of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP). We used a systematic approach of scaling-up of use of the larvivorous fishes in Mandvi taluka (Sub-District), District Kutch, Gujarat in 2008â2009 selected on the basis of high prevalence of malaria during 2007 and suitable ecological conditions for use of larvivorous fishes. We trained the vector control staff in catching of fishes from natural habitats, transportation and release into mosquito breeding habitats and monitoring impact of this intervention on mosquito larval densities and malaria prevalence.
Operational Scaling-Up use of Larvivorous Fishes and its Impact on Prevalence of Malaria in Mandvi Taluka of District Kutch Gujarat- Sarfarazul Haq
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