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1 June 2012 Combining Two Teaching Techniques for Young Children on Aedes aegypti Control: Effects on Entomological Indices in Western Mexico
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A study of the effect of educating four- to six-year-old children in mosquito control was recently conducted in a city in the state of Jalisco, western Mexico. Four neighborhood districts were selected. Children attending one kindergarten in each of two experimental districts were taught mosquito control with a video from the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA), joined to the use of the AMCA Touch Table Technique. The entomological indices monitored in the study decreased significantly (P<0.05) in houses in the experimental districts, apparently because parents acted on the comments and suggestions of the children and eliminated or monitored containers used as oviposition sites by mosquitoes. Based on these results, combining both techniques for teaching children mosquito control is a potentially useful tool for control efforts in Mexico and other places in Latin America.

José A. Martínez-Ibarra, Benjamín Nogueda-Torres, Rosa M. Meda-Lara, Oziel D. Montañez-Valdez, and Gonzalo Rocha-Chávez "Combining Two Teaching Techniques for Young Children on Aedes aegypti Control: Effects on Entomological Indices in Western Mexico," Journal of Vector Ecology 37(1), 241-244, (1 June 2012). https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1948-7134.2012.00222.x
Received: 22 November 2011; Accepted: 1 January 2012; Published: 1 June 2012
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