Anopheles gambiae management analysis

Aug. 27, 2013, 10:49 p.m.

Examining the impact of larval source management and insecticide-treated nets using a spatial agent-based model of Anopheles gambiae and a landscape generator tool
SM Niaz Arifin, Gregory R Madey and Frank H Collins
Agent-based models (ABMs) have been used to estimate the effects of malaria-control interventions.
Early studies have shown the efficacy of larval source management (LSM) and insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) as
vector-control interventions, applied both in isolation and in combination. However, the robustness of results can
be affected by several important modelling assumptions, including the type of boundary used for landscapes, and
the number of replicated simulation runs reported in results. Selection of the ITN coverage definition may also
affect the predictive findings. Hence, by replication, independent verification of prior findings of published models
bears special importance.
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