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Are malaria nets widely used?

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): 
e1001019. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001019

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
+1 504-715-2002

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Director of Information Services
AED-SATELLIFE Center for Health Information and Technology
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