Are malaria nets widely used?
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In this week?s PLoS Medicine Thomas Eisele from Tulane University School of
Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, USA and colleagues dispute
reports in media and elsewhere that insecticide-treated nets are not widely
used, or are misused. They argue that such misconceptions are not
evidence-based and are damaging to malaria control efforts. ?We identified only
one peer-reviewed study that reported misuse of ITNs,? say the authors, and
this study was ?non-generalizable.? The authors recommend that ?inaccurate news
stories of widespread ITN misuse should be rebuked directly through the
dissemination of empirical data contradicting anecdotal reports and in rebuttal
editorials in newspapers and journals.?
Funding: No specific funding was received to write this Essay.
Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests
Citation: Eisele TP, Thwing J, Keating J (2011) Claims about the Misuse of
Insecticide-Treated Mosquito Nets: Are These Evidence-Based? PLoS Med 8(4):
Dr. Thomas Eisele
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Department of International Heath and Development
1440 Canal St, Suite 2200
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
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