Malaria mosquito thriving in cities

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Episode 55

Anopheles stephensi is one of the few malaria mosquitoes that thrives in urban areas because of its ability to find clean water to lay its eggs.

The World Health Organization raised the alarm on urban malaria transmission in 2019, urging aggressive action against Anopheles stephensi, which it described as a “major potential threat” to malaria elimination efforts in Africa.

This week we investigate warnings that Africa has just months to react to the invasive Asian mosquito that scientists say could put 125 million city-dwellers across Africa at risk. Our reporter, Michael Kaloki speaks to vector experts about the challenges it poses for malaria control across the continent.

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Africa Science Focus, with Michael Kaloki.

This programme was funded by the European Journalism Centre, through the European Development Journalism Grants programme, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


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