Malaria kills more than one million people each year, most of them children under five years old. Mosquito nets help, but don’t prevent insects from transmitting malaria through biting a sleeping person through the net. BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, a chemical company long interested in malaria and tropical diseases, has developed Interceptor® mosquito net coated with the insecticide Fendona® to combat malaria.
“Ninety percent of malaria cases occur in Africa, and a test of Interceptor nets in Kenya reduced infant mortality in high-risk areas by 44 percent while also killing enough mosquitos to lower infection rates for neighbors. The Interceptor nets meet the World Health Organization’s criteria for a long-lasting insecticide impregnated net (LLIN), do not pose a health risk to humans, and remain effective over several years. BASF projects the demand for insecticide mosquito nets will reach 50-60 million per year in the next few years.
For more information about Interceptor nets, visit the BASF Web site at www.basf.de/science_around_us.