Publication details for Prof Steve LindsayAchee, N.L., Bangs, M.J., Farlow, R., Killeen, G.F., Lindsay, S.W., Logan, J.G., Moore, S.J., Rowland, M., Sweeney, K., Torr, S.J., Zwiebel, L.J. & Grieco, J.P. (2012). Spatial repellents: from discovery and development to evidence based validation. Malaria Journal 11: 164.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 1475-2875 (print)
- DOI: 10.1186/1475-2875-11-164
- Keywords: Public health, Spatial repellents, Vector control, Vector behaviour modification.
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International public health workers are challenged by a burden of arthropod-borne disease that remains elevated despite best efforts in control programmes. With this challenge comes the opportunity to develop novel vector control paradigms to guide product development and programme implementation. The role of vector behaviour modification in disease control was first highlighted several decades ago but has received limited attention within the public health community. This paper presents current evidence highlighting the value of sub-lethal agents, specifically spatial repellents, and their use in global health, and identifies the primary challenges towards establishing a clearly defined and recommended role for spatial repellent products in disease control.