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New mosquito species said to spread malaria fast found in Ghana


Anopheles stephensi, a new species of mosquito, has been identified as being present in Ghana, according to the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

In March, vector samples were collected from Tuba and Dansoman in the Greater Accra Region.

As a result, the Service has established a task force to advise and coordinate vector surveillance, community engagement and sensitization, and collaboration with WHO officials to update the vector map.

WHO discovered the Anopheles stephensi in Africa in 2019.

However, it had been reported in 2011 in parts of the Arabian Peninsula and South Asia.

The vector has since been discovered in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Nigeria, Yemen, and currently Ghana.

The Anopheles stephensi is a one-of-a-kind vector known to raise in a heap of sources like lakes, swamps, bogs, fake compartments, and other man-made holder spots.

Official data indicate that it can practically reproduce in all water sources, including some that are not typical breeding grounds for the common Anopheles species, particularly in urban areas.

“It is known to spread quickly and adapt to different climates, making its control difficult,”

The Assistance is, accordingly, importuning the overall population to guarantee the evacuation of water assortment guides in and around their homes and networks toward limiting the reproducing locales for this new mosquito species and furthermore cover all water compartments to abstain from rearing.

Nets treated with insecticides and repellents have also been suggested for use.

“We wish to guarantee the public that the Ghana Wellbeing Administration, along with all partners, will work indefatigably to shorten the effect of Anopheles stephensi,” an assertion given by the Chief General of the Help, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, said.

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This follows the approval of R21, a new malaria vaccine, by Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) for use in children aged five months to three years.

The approval of a new malaria vaccine is led by Ghana.

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