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Type Journal Article - The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Title Distribution, description, and local knowledge of larval habitats of Anopheles gambiae sl in a village in western Kenya
Volume 74
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2006
Page numbers 44-53
URL http://catalog.ihsn.org/index.php/admin/citations/edit/44954
A sampling census revealed 104 aquatic habitats of 6 types for Anopheles gambiae s.l. larvae in a village in western Kenya, namely burrow pits, drainage channels, livestock hoof prints, rain pools, tire tracks, and pools in streambeds. Most habitats were created by human activity and were highly clustered in dispersion pattern within the village landscape. Landscape analysis revealed that six of forty-seven 0.09 km2 cells superimposed over the village harbored 65% of all habitats. Focus group discussions and in-depth interviews with villagers revealed the extent of knowledge of the village residents of larval habitats, mosquito sources in the local environment, and what might be done to prevent mosquito breeding. Participants did not associate specific habitats with anopheline larvae, expressed reluctance to eliminate habitats because they were sources of domestic water supply, but indicated willingness to participate in a source reduction program if support were available.

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