Shining light at night could suppress mosquito bites

By Munyaradzi Makoni [CAPE TOWN] Exposing malaria-transmitting mosquitoes to light at two-hour intervals during the night or at late daytime could inhibit their biting behaviour and reduce malaria transmission, says a study. A 2016 report of the World Health Organization says that 214 million people worldwide were infected with malaria in 2015, resulting in 438,000 …

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Mosquito-hunting spiders could help fight deadly malaria

By Sarah Ooko [NAIROBI] Mosquito-eating spiders from East Africa and Malaysia could become a new weapon in fighting malaria, researchers have said. A species of spiders found only around Lake Victoria in East Africa, called Evarcha culicivora, is adapted to hunt female Anopheles mosquitoes that transmit malaria parasites. “This is unique. There’s no other animal …

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Africa News Headlines for 25 January 2015

Meant to Keep Malaria Out, Mosquito Nets Are Used to Haul Fish In Source: The New York Times Botswana Coal Companies Plan Output Start Without Trans-Kalahari Source: Bloomberg For First UAE-Kenya Deal, Only 10,000 Jobs Being Offered Source: AFK Insider India-Africa: Renewing Old Ties Source: Business Insider India Canadian Government donates to Ghana Navy Source: …

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