Safety of insecticide-treated mosquito nets for infants and their mothers: randomized controlled community trial in Burkina Faso

by Guangyu Lu, Corneille Traoré, Peter Meissner et al.
Malaria Journal 2015, 14:527 (30 December 2015)

7 pp. 779 kB

Insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) are now the main tool for malaria prevention in endemic areas. Synthetic pyrethroids are the only group of insecticides recommended by the World Health Organization for the use on ITNs. There are only few studies which have specifically investigated potential adverse effects of frequent exposure to ITNs in the vulnerable group of young infants and their mothers. The authors conclude that the study provides further evidence for ITNs being sufficiently safe in children and even in newborns. The association with headache in mothers could be explained by them handling the ITNs more intensely or it could be a chance finding.

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