Malaria

Pyrethroid-PBO nets appear to provide improved protection against malaria in areas with high resistance

12 April 2018

Net with Anopheles mosquito
Malaria is caused by parasites transmitted through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes.
S. Torfinn/WHO

A new class of bed net that includes the chemical piperonyl butoxide (PBO) has been shown to significantly reduce malaria infection in children at one site in Tanzania, according to new research published today in The Lancet. WHO recommendations on pyrethroid-PBO nets were revised in late 2017 based on the results of this study, among others.