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New dangerous malaria-transmitting mosquito invades Ghana

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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has confirmed the invasion of a new breed of mosquito, called Anopheles Stephensi, which is even more dangerous than the anopheles.

This species of mosquito is a malaria-transmitting one and is very invasive, capable of spreading quickly, and can adapt to various climatic conditions.

The Anopheles Stephensi mosquito has been established in two communities in Ghana, Tuba and Dansoman, and GHS has warned residents to take necessary precautions to protect themselves. Unfortunately, this breed first invaded Africa in 2019 and has since spread to Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, and Nigeria.

The threat of Anopheles Stephensi

The Anopheles Stephensi mosquito is an even more dangerous mosquito, as it produces both Plasmodium Falciparum and P Vivax Malaria parasites, which are both deadly. Recent studies conducted by the World Health Organization have found that this species of mosquito has the potential to put an additional 126 million people in Africa at risk of malaria if left unchecked.

The challenge with controlling Anopheles Stephensi

The greatest challenge in controlling the spread of this mosquito is its resistance to multiple insecticides, making it very difficult to eradicate. At the moment, it is not yet known what can effectively kill this mosquito, therefore, control measures are mainly focused on minimizing its breeding sites and avoiding mosquito bites.

GHS measures to prevent the spread of Anopheles Stephensi

As part of its preventive measures, GHS has set up a taskforce to oversee the removal of water collection points within and around homes and communities to limit the mosquito’s breeding sites. In addition, GHS has emphasized the importance of using insecticide-treated mosquito nets to prevent mosquito bites.

Overall, it’s crucial that you take preventive measures against the spread of Anopheles Stephensi, as it presents a serious threat to your health and well-being

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