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An Intervention Study of Deltamethrin Impregnation of Lower  Efficacy of Used Llins and Local Mosquito Nets in Ohnpinkone Ward,  Nant Nhyin Village, Banmauk Township, Sagaing Region in Myanmar

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Maung Maung Mya1; Myat Phone Kyaw1; Kyaw Thu Soe2; Pyae Linn Aung2; Than Tun3; Nwe New Aye3; Ye Kyaw Thu2; Swan Htet Aung2; Kyaw Kyaw Linn4 

1 Department of Medical Research Yangon, MOGH 

2 ICEMR Project 

3 Vector Borne Diseases Control DOH 4 Township Medical Officer Banmauk Township Sagaing Region

Article history: 
Received: 28.07.2021 Accepted: 05. 09.2021 Published: 31.10.2021 
*Corresponding author:  Maung Maung Mya 
An. Dirus 
An. Minimus 
P. falciparum 
P. vivax 
Long-lasting impregnated bed nets have been distributed in all villages in Myanmar. The insecticide efficacy should last for 3  years and re-distribution is necessary, but re-distribution was not covered in all townships in 2019. An intervention study was conducted in Ohnpinkone as a test ward and Bwedarkone as a control ward of Nant Nhyin village, Banmauk township, from  December 2019 to October 2020. In the Ohnpinkone ward, all used LLINs with low efficacy of insecticide and traditional nets from households were impregnated with Deltamethrin at the rate of 55mg/meter square and compared with nonintervention ward Bwedarkone for 10 months. There were 10  P. falciparum cases in Ohnpinkone and 1 P. falciparum case in the Bwedarkone ward in 2019 before intervention. After intervention in Ohnpinkone, the malaria cases were going down to 0. There were 3 malaria-positive cases were found in the control ward Bwedarkone, 66.67% higher up. Main vector  An. minimus was found higher number in both Ohnpinkone  (137) and Bwedarkone (109) wards by outdoor and indoor light trap catch methods. Moderate number of An. Barbirostris  (126) and An. Vagus (104) was observed in the test ward and  An. vagus, An. philippinensis in the control ward. After the intervention, no malaria cases and vectors were caught up by indoor bedroom light traps in the test ward, showing 100%  recovery till October, although malaria vectors were observed in the indoor light trap in the control ward. Therefore,  Deltamethrin impregnation to used LLINs nets with expiry or lower efficacy, become higher bio-efficacy again. It is a very useful and cost-effective tool to control malaria transmission and man-vector contact as well as reduced vector mosquitoes in malaria-endemic areas. The National Malaria Control Program may consider implementing this intervention in resource-limited settings and or emergencies with supply chain shortages.


Malaria is one of the major communicable disease-causing high mortality and morbidity among the population. Previously malaria is a main public health problem in Myanmar.  Although now morbidity and mortality of malaria were reduced from 4% to 1% by  100000 population from 2011 to 2018 (Health in  Myanmar, 2019). Out of which, about half of the cases were Plasmodium vivax (Pv).  Plasmodium vivax is gradually rising in  Myanmar(Myint Oo et al., 1999). But malaria is endemic in hard-to-reach areas and border areas (MOHS, 2018).

This disease is transmitted by biting the female Anopheline mosquito species. Out of 37 Anopheline species found in Myanmar, An. dirus and An,  minimus are major vectors of malaria and An.  annularis is a local vector of malaria in  Rakhine State and An. sundigus is a vector of malaria in coastal areas in Myanmar (Khin  Mung Kyi 1970). Although An. annularis, An.  maculatus, An. aconitus and An.  philippinensis are secondary vectors of malaria in Myanmar. In India the six species viz., Anopheles culicifacies, An. stephensi, An.  minimus, An. sundaicus, An. fluviatilis and An.  dirus are major vectors of malaria and three species viz., An. annularis, An. philipinensis (nivipus) and An. varuna are minor vectors of malaria (Sharma, 1999). 

There has been a renewed emphasis on preventive measures at community and individual levels. Insecticide-treated nets  (ITNs) are the most prominent malaria preventive measure for large-scale deployment in highly endemic areas  (Schellenberg et al., 2002; Lengeler, 2004). 

Most research about the efficacy of net bed impregnation has been done in Africa and  Asia (Kroeger et al., 1997). The study by Choi et al. (1995) showed a reduction in the malaria incidence rate by 50%. Also, the overall mortality and morbidity attributed to malaria in children aged 1-4 years were reduced by 63% and 70%, respectively, in areas in the Gambia where insecticide-treated nets were used (Alonso et al., 1991).  The controlled trials carried out so far thus showed a reduction not only of malaria-related morbidity but also of child mortality  (Lengeler, 2004).  

In India, a pilot-scale study was done in 100  highly endemic districts under the Enhanced  Malaria Control Programme. This is the first time ITNs have been incorporated into the malaria control programme to replace insecticide indoor residual spraying in India at the Primary Health Centre (PHC)/district level  (Jambulingam et al., 2008). In diverse social and epidemiological settings, the efficacy of the ITNs alone may not be the crucial determinant for the effective implementation of this community-based intervention measure (Binka and Adongo,  1997). 

Nant Nhyin village is a remote and hard-to-reach area; it is 40-50 miles away from  Banmauk City. There is a total of four wards,  Ohnpinkone and Bwedarkone wards are included in Nant Nhyin village. The total population is about 5000 populations in the village. Most of the population are farmers remaining are health staff, school teacher and some are working in Gold mines. One monastery and one middle school are situated. The area of the Nant Nhyin is a hilly area and there are no pucker roads. One creek is across the village. So many creeks cross between Bunmouk and Nant Nhyin village. Malaria morbidity is found every month in this area. Therefore, there is a need to control malaria morbidity as well as the main vector.

Long-lasting insecticide-treated nets have been distributed in all villages and insecticide efficacy should last for 3 years and re-distribution is necessary, but re-distribution was not covered to all townships in 2019. The study determined monthly malaria vector occurrence in Ohnpinkone ward after impregnation of mosquito nets and Bwedarkone wards data was used as a  control in Nant Nhyin villages because we have found 10 Plasmodium falciparum malaria cases in Ohnpinkone. Therefore, the study aims to determine the malaria prevalence rate and indoor malaria vector entrance rate after the impregnation of  Deltamethrin insecticide to mosquito nets.  


Study areas 

The study was conducted in Ohnpinkone and  Bwedarkone wards in Nant Nhyin village  Banmauk Township Sagaing Region in  Myanmar, where the morbidity of malaria is high. 

Study period 

The study period was one year, conducted from December 2019 to November 2020. 

Study design 

An intervention study design was used.

Malaria parasite detection  

Sample collection: Before to after the intervention period, monthly finger-prick blood samples were taken from all the entire population in both Ohnpinkone and  Bwedarkone words. Thick and thin blood films were made on grease-free glass slides and dried in the air in shad in the room. Dried Thin films were fixed with absolute alcohol and dried at room temperature. Thick and thin blood slides were stained with 10 %  Giemsa’s stain for 5 minutes. Stained slides were washed with buffer water. Washed slides were dried at room temperature.  Malaria parasites were diagnosed under an oil emersion lens (100X).  

Identification of malaria parasites 

Malaria parasites in thick and thin films were identified under an oil emersion lens. Malaria parasite was counted against 200 WBC.  

Mosquitoes collection 

Anopheles mosquitoes were collected by  using CDC light traps such as Indoor light traps, Indoor bedroom light traps, and outdoor light traps collection methods from  18:00 hour to 00:06 hour in randomly selected households before and after the intervention period in both Ohnpinkone  (Test) and Bwedakone (control) wards.  

Larval surveys 

Larval survey for breeding sites,  susceptibility, and bio-efficacy tests: larval surveys were conducted in and around three kilometers away from the study villages.  Water pools, domestic wells, streams,  creeks, and pools, and all different types of water-holding places were examined by 3  Dips /water-holding places for larval detection (WHO, 1975).

In and around the villages, water pockets, coconut shells,  discarded tins and utensils, bamboo stumps including footprints of animals were examined. The captured larvae and pupae were put in labeled plastic bags and brought back to the laboratory for species identification and colonization. 

Mosquito species identification  

Collected Anopheles mosquitoes by light  traps and adults that emerged from larval survey  were identified according to different  identification keys (Harrison, 1980; Raid,  1967; Myo Paing, 1990b)  

Insecticide susceptibility test 

Insecticide susceptibility tests (WHO test kit):  Collected F1 generation of adult female  Anopheles mosquitoes from the larval survey were tested for measurement of insecticide susceptibility level using WHO test kits and standard procedures (WHO 1975). The efficacy of insecticides (which are commonly used for vector control in malaria-endemic areas) as Permethrin 0.75%, Cyfluthrin  0.15%, and Deltamethrin 0.05% impregnated paper with WHO test kits (WHO 1993) were provided to determine the susceptibility of mosquitoes and Bio-efficacy of deltamethrin impregnated nets. 


Ten F1 generations of Anopheles mosquitoes were introduced in WHO insecticide-impregnated paper-attached plastic tube  (WHO test kit) by sucking tube and exposed for 1 hour. After one hour of exposing the mosquitoes were then removed from the plastic tubes and placed in clean plastic tubes without paper with 10% glucose soak cotton and moisture was maintained by water soak damp towel.

The percentage of knockdown was measured after 60 minutes of exposure and effective mortality was assessed after 24  hours of exposure. Two replicate testing was done to confirm the susceptibility of mosquitoes. If the number of collected mosquito adults that emerged from the larval survey was not more than ten we used pool mosquito samples to test insecticides susceptibility. The susceptibility of mosquitoes was determined according to  WHO (1993). 

Bio-efficacy Test (Cone test)  

Determination of insecticide persistence – Bioassays were carried out using the World  Health Organization cone test method  (WHO, 2013) after 3, 6, and 9 months of impregnation of mosquito nets in the  Ohnpinkone wards to monitor the persistent effect of the insecticide treatment.

Ten deltamethrin-impregnated nets were randomly collected and bioassays were conducted. For comparison, tests were conducted in parallel on one untreated net obtained from the villagers. Ten sets of 10 F1  female Anopheles mosquito adults from the larval survey were exposed to the treated nets for 3 min and the mortality was recorded after 24 hours.

Anopheles minimus and secondary vectors were used for the bioassay test. The same test was done for another randomly collected 20 ITNs for two days.  

Data analysis 

Data entry and collected monthly malaria and mosquito were analyzed by using  Microsoft Excel software. Mosquito density,  the main vector of indoor and outdoor light traps, mosquito susceptibility, and mortality were calculated in percent.  


Table 1 shows that 84 different types of mosquito nets were impregnated with deltamethrin at the rate of 55mg/meter squire. Of this used long-lasting insecticide nets (LLINs) (n=54), Cotton nets (n=6), Cylon nets (n=8), and Traditional nets (n=16).  

Table 1. Deltamethrin impregnation of different types of mosquito nets in Ohnpinkone  ward. 

Type of Mosquitoes nets Number of nets Good net Tattered  nets% of good nets
Used LLINs nets 54 51 94.44
Cotton nets 100
Cylon nets 100
Traditional nets 16 16 100
Total nets 84 81 96.43

Table 2. shows the Indoor and Outdoor light traps collection in Ohnpinkone (Test ward)  and Bwedarkone (control wards) and found that the highest number of vector An.  minimus was found (n= 72) in the indoor light traps collection followed by n=65 in the outdoor collection in the Ohnpinkone ward. In the Bwedarkone ward, the highest number of main vector An. minimus was found n=67 in the outdoor light traps collection followed by  n=36 in the indoor collection and lowest An. 

minimus was observed n=5 in bedroom Light traps catch. Although An. barbirostris was abundantly found n= 126 in Ohnpinkone and  n=21 in Bwedarkone wards followed by An.  willmori n=40 in Bwedarkone and n=21 in  Ohnpinkone wards. Other secondary vectors such as An. aconitus (n= 40, 25), An annularis  (17, 14), A culicifacies (n=10, 2) An.  maculatus (27, 9) and An. kochi (19, 9) were found in both areas. In bedroom light traps catch, has not collected any Anopheles mosquitoes in the Test area of Ohnpinkone ward although in Bwedarkone wards n= 11  Anopheles mosquitoes were collected by bedroom light traps.  

Table 2. Anopheles mosquitoes were collected by Light trap methods in two selected control and test wards in Nant Nhyin village.

SpeciesOhnpinkone Ward (Test ward) Bwedakone (Control ward)
Outdoor Indoor  houseIndoor  bed  roomTotal Outdoor Indoor  houseIndoor  bed  roomTotal
An. kochi 14 19 9
An.  barbirostris42 84 126 10 11 21
An. hyrcanus 14 1
An.  splendidus31 10 41 28 10 38
An. minimus 65 72 137 36 67 109
An. varuna 11 40 51 11 18 30
An.  maculatus11 16 27 9
An. Jamesi 32 34 4
An. aconitus 16 24 40 10 15 25
An. stephensi 18 19 0
An.  candidiensis10 8
An. pallidus 10 12 2
An. theobaldi 0
An. Annularis 17 14
An.  philippinensis33 41 74 20 17 38
An. gigus 0
An. vagus 24 90 114 17 20 39
An. dirus 10 0
An.  culicifacies10 2
An. willmori 21 21 40 40
An.  tesselatus1
An. subpictus 1

Total 301 484 0 785 154 225 11 390 

Table 3 shows that detailed Anopheles larvae breeding sites and abundances in study areas.  The highest number of Anopheles larvae were collected from Rice fields  n=1392(23.48%), followed by Sand pools and  Creeks n=1171(19.75) and1156 (19.50%), and the lowest was observed in water well  n=182(3.07%). Anopheles minimus larvae were abundantly found in. Rice fields  (n=153), Sand pools (n=127), and Valley  

(n=129). Main vector An. dirus was found lowest number (n=22) in water wells in  Ohnpinkone ward. The Secondary vector is  An. aconitus, An. maculatus, An. aconitus,  An. annularis, An. philippinensis, An.  culicifacies and non-vectors An. vagus,  An.kochi, An. barbirostris were abundant and found in different water-holding places. 

Table 3. Different species of Anopheles larvae collected from different breeding places from the Ohnpinkone and Bwedarkone wards 

Species 16  Water  well8 sites  of  Valley30 of  Water  pools29  sites  of  Sand  pool45  sites  of  Rice  field38  sites  of  CreeksTotal Density %
An. minimus 89 129 83 127 153 56 637 10.75
An. dirus 18 22 0.37
An. maculatus 32 79 89 105 168 99 572 9.65
An. aconitus 43 78 132 54 152 87 546 9.21
An. annularis 108 142 97 107 97 551 9.29
An. philippinensis 123 96 76 107 138 540 9.11
An. culicifacies 108 79 136 147 123 593 10.00
An. kochi 60 130 158 145 98 591 13.67
An. barbirostris 82 61 95 166 137 541 9.13
An varuna 67 59 98 69 78 371 6.26
An vagus 87 95 153 92 105 532 8.97
An willmori 65 71 72 86 138 432 7.29
Total 182 990 1037 1171 1392 1156 5928 100.00

Percent density

% 3.07 16.70 17.49 19.75 23.48 19.50 100.00 Red =primary vectors, Blue= Secondary vectors, Black= Non=vectors 

Table 4. shows that all collected main vector  An. minimus and An. dirus, Secondary vector  An. aconitus, An. varuna, An. annularis, An.  philippinensis, An. maculatus, An, kochi. An.  

vagus was found susceptible to WHO-recommended insecticides such as Deltamethrin  0.05%, Permethrin 0.75%, and Cyfluthrin  0.15% impregnated paper. 

Table 4. Susceptibility status of collected main and secondary vectors of Anopheles  mosquitoes in the test area 

Species WHO recommended insecticides-impregnated paperWHO recommended  insecticides impregnated  papersusceptible
An. minimus 30 susceptible 
An. dirus 9Deltamethrin 0.05% Permethrin 0.75%  Cyfuthrin 0.15%
An. Kochi 30 
Deltamethrin 0.05% Permethrin 0.75%  Cyfluthrin 0.15%30 
An. annularis 30 
An. philippinensis 30 
An. maculatus 30 
An. Varuna 30 
An. vagus 30 

Table 5. shows that bio-efficacy of before deltamethrin impregnation of mosquito nets in Ohnpinkone and Bwedarkone were found  6(20%) and 19(63.33%). Three months later,  after impregnation of deltamethrin to mosquito nets in Ohnpinkone wards, the bio-efficacy was found 100% and in the control ward  Bwedarkone (non -impregnated with deltamethrin) the bio-efficacy was reduced from 63.33 to 43.33%.

During intervention 6 months later, the bio-efficacy of impregnated mosquito nets in Ohnpinkone and non-impregnated nets in Bwedarkone was found 100% sensitive in Ohnpinkone and  36.67% sensitive in Bwedarkone. After intervention in Ohnpinkone wards, the bioefficacy of impregnated nets was found  96.67% sensitivity and in the control ward,  the sensitivity of non-impregnated nets was found to be 16.67% in the Bwedarkone ward. 

Fig. 1. shows that before intervention 10 P.  falciparum malaria cases were found in  Ohnpinkone wards although the main vectors of An. minimus was collected in high numbers in March, April, and July, and 2 An.  dirus was collected in June in indoor light traps catch.

There were no malaria cases found during and after the intervention period.  But 1 P. falciparum positive case was observed in the pre-intervention months in December and three malaria cases (2  Falciparum and 1 Vivax malaria cases) were found after the intervention month in the control ward Bwedarkone and main vector An.  minimus was gradually increased from  February to June and declined to October.  

Table 5. Bio-efficacy of impregnated mosquito nets during and after intervention periods  by the cone test method

Periods (Ohnpinkone Test) Bwedarkone (Control)
Tested  netsBio-efficacy Tested  netsBio-efficacy
Pre-intervention (Before  deltamethrin impregnation to nets)30 6 (20%) 30 19 (63.33%)
During intervention (3 months  later)30 30(100%) 30 13 (43.33%)
During intervention (6 months  later)30 30(100%) 30 8 (36.67%)
After intervention (9 months later) 30 29(96.67%) 30 5 (16.67%)

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Fig. 1. Malaria cases and indoor main vectors collected by Light traps in study period. 

Table 6. shows a 100% reduction in malaria cases found after intervention periods.  After deltamethrin impregnation of mosquito nets, the positive malaria cases were reduced to 0% during the intervention month from January to after the intervention month  (October). Although in the control ward, as  Bwedarkone was found, 66.67% of positive malaria cases were increased in the after-intervention period.  

Table 6. Percentage reduction of malaria cases in after intervention period 

Place Pre-intervention After intervention Percentage
Ohnpinkone ward 10 malaria cases O malaria cases 100% reduction
Bwedarkone ward1 malaria cases3 malaria cases66.67 % increased


Malaria is a public health problem in  Myanmar now due to the morbidity is high in hard-to-reach areas. Malaria morbidity is found every month in this area due to migrants, gold mine workers, and rubber plantations (Maung Maung Mya et al.,  2020a; Maung Maung Mya et al., 2014). Plasmodium vivax cases were found high prevalence in some areas and Chloroquine resistance in Myanmar (Myint  Oo et al., 1999, Myat Phone Kyaw et al., 1993). Therefore, there is a need to control malaria morbidity as well as man-vector contact. We selected Ohnpinkone as the Test ward and determined monthly malaria morbidity and vector occurrence in the  Ohnpinkone ward after the impregnation of mosquito nets.

Bwedarkone ward data was used as a control because we have found 10  malaria cases in Ohnpinkone and one malaria case was found in the Bwedarkone ward in the preintervention period. Before the intervention period, a total of 84 used mosquito nets (Used LLINs nets 54, Cotton nets 6, Cylon nets 8, and Traditional nets 16) were collected and impregnated with  Deltamethrin at the rate of 55mg/meter square.

There are 4 kinds of mosquito nets in  Ohnpinkone ward LLINs nets, cotton nets,  polyester nets, and traditional nets; of this highest number of used LLINs nets were impregnated due to low bio-efficacy (20%).  In the pre-intervention month, December 10,  Falciparum malaria cases were found in  Ohnpinkone wards and one P. falciparum case was found in Bwedarkone wards.

During the intervention months (January to September), no positive malaria cases were found till after the intervention months (October) in the  Ohnpinkone ward. In the control ward, 3  malaria cases (2 P. falciparum and 1 P. vivax)  were found after-intervention month  (October). Other researchers revealed that malaria morbidity was high in Katinehtit village Kamamaung Township Kayin State,  where Vivax malaria cases were found more prevalent (Maung Maung Mya et al., 2019b).

In Bwedarkone and Ohnpinkone wards, a  total of 785 and 390 Anopheles mosquitoes were collected within pre, during, and post-intervention periods (December to October)  of these n=484 by indoor and 301 by outdoor light traps were caught in Ohnpinkone wards  and 386 Anopheles were collected by outdoor and 225 by indoor light traps were collected in Bwedarkone ward.

A total of 22  Anopheles mosquito species were collected,  An. minimus and An. barbirostris was found highest number in Ohnpinkone Ward and main vector An. minimus was found to be higher indoor and outdoor than the indoor and outdoor of Bwedarkone. In the Ohnpinkone ward, Anopheles mosquitoes were not collected in indoor bedroom catch.

However,  11 Anopheles mosquitoes were collected by the indoor light trap method in Bwedarkone.  An. minimus is a main vector of malaria in  Myanmar (Khin Maung Kyi, 1970), and is abundantly found in Pyin Oo Lwin Township  Mandalay Region (Maung Maung Mya et al.,  (2018).

The very small number of An. dirus was observed in both the study and control areas. Anopheles dirus is a main vector of malaria and is found in high density in the Bago Yoma  Mountain range, Mon State, and Taninthayi  Region (Tun Lin et al., 1995, Htay Aung et al., 1999). In India An. dirus, An. minimus, An.  culicifacies, An. stephensi, An. philippinensis and An. flivitellis is the main vector of malaria (Sharma, 1999). In Thail and An.  dirus, An. minimus, An. maculatus and An.  philippinensis is the main vector of malaria  (Tananchai et al., 2019).

Anopheles sinensis is the main vector of malaria in China (Jia-Yun Pan et al., 2012) Anopheles darlingi has an endophilic behaviour and is the main vector of malaria in the Amazon region.

The  Anophelines exhibited a peak of activity in  the evening and morning twilight and continued their activity throughout the night in this region (Suarez-Mutis et al., 2009). In  Costa Marques, State of Rondonia, Brazil, a  decreased number of anophelines collected intra-domiciliary was observed (Santos et al.,  1999). In the present study, the main vector An.  minimus was found higher in indoor than outdoor catch by Light traps collection in both study areas.  

Anopheles minimus larvae were abundantly collected from Rice fields and valley followed by Sand pools and An. dirus were found in water wells and valley. An. minimus, An.  maculatus and An. aconitus were found co-breeders of An. dirusin domestic water wells. 

The same result has been found in a water well in Ye Township, Mon State (Maung  Maung Mya et al., 2020a). An. minimus larvae were abundantly found in slowly running water, foothill areas and rice field  (Tun Lin et al., 1995; Pe Than Htun et al.,  2005; Maung Maung Mya et al., 2019a). Only  2 An. dirus in Ohnpinkone and 1 An. dirus in  Bwedarkone were collected by Indoor light traps. An. dirus is a main vector of malaria and abundantly found in the Bago Yoma mountain range larvae were found in rock pools, domestic water wells in Mon, Kayin  State, and Tanintharyi Region (Tun Lin et al.,  1995; Maung Maung Mya et al., 2018; Htay  Aung et al., 1999). 

In the present study F1 generation of An.  minimus and An. dirus, were susceptible to  WHO-recommended insecticides as  Deltamethrin 0.05%, Permethrin 0.75%, and  Cyfluthrin 0.15% impregnated paper. All collected secondary vector An. aconitus, An.  varuna, An. annularis, An. philippinensis, An.  maculatus, An. kochi and An. vagus were found susceptible to above insecticides. The same result has been observed by other researchers in Taikkiy Township Yangon  Region and other parts of Myanmar (Maung  Maung Mya et al., 2002; Maung Maung Mya et al., 2019a).  

Before deltamethrin impregnation, the bioefficacy of mosquito nets was found very low sensitivity in Ohnpinkone and Bwedarkone was found over 60 % sensitivity. After deltamethrin impregnation for three and six months, the bio-efficacy test was found to be 100% sensitive. After 9 months later the bio efficacy was slightly reduced to 96.67%  sensitivity in the Ohnpinkone ward due to 10- 15 times of washing with Fuji detergent cream.

Although in control ward  Bwedarkone, the bio-efficacy of ITN nets was gradually fell down to 16.67% sensitivity because collected mosquito nets were washed 20 to 25 times washed and the bioefficacy of all mosquito nets expired their insecticide activity.

The use of LLINs has been shown to be a highly cost-effective strategy for malaria prevention, and it has contributed to a significant reduction in disease morbidity and mortality in recent years (WHO, 2011). The same result has been found in the present study, deltamethrin impregnation to old, used, and lower efficacy  LLINs net were cost affected and gained higher bio-efficacy. All collected LLINs nets were more than 3 years in duration of usage. 

Other researchers revealed that In Brazilian  Amazon: Regarding the duration of use LLINs net, most participants in the interventional group used LLINs for≤5 years in all the surveyed years, whereas most participants in the control group used the LLINs for>10 years  (Sousa et al., 2019). Some studies that specifically evaluated the use of mosquito nets have found between 15 and 50% of distributed LLINs remain unused (Baume and  Marin 2007, Baume et al., 2009, Githinji et  al., 2010). A present study found that both  Ohnpinkone and Bwedarkone used their  LLINs nets for 3 to 4 years; only 3 LLINs net have not been used and kept in showcase in  Ohnpinkone. 

In the present study, before intervention 10  P. falciparum malaria cases were found in the  Ohnpinkone ward, and one P. falciparum malaria case was found in Bwedarkone. After impregnation of used, old, and low bio efficacy LLINs nets, malaria cases were reduced to 0 cases till October it means that  100% reduction in Ohnpinkone was after intervention and a very low number of main vector An. minimus was observed in January and February.

Although the main vectors of An.  minimus was collected in high numbers in  March, April, and July, and 2 An. dirus was collected in June in indoor light traps catch in the Ohnpinkone ward. In the Brazilian Amazon area,  malaria is a seasonal disease with the highest number of cases occurring at the end of the rainy season when there is a greater presence of Anophelines (Sousa et al., 2019). 

There were no malaria cases found during and after the intervention period in the test ward. But 1 P. falciparum-positive case was observed in the pre-intervention months of December and 3 malaria cases (2 Falciparum and 1 Vivax malaria cases) were found after the intervention month in control ward  Bwedarkone. Main vector An. minimus gradually increased from February to June and declined to October in both test and control wards. The bedroom light traps result in Ohnpinkone were clearly informed that main vectors and other Anopheles were no entrance in the bedroom where ITN nets were used, it may be due to the fact that the result could reflect the repellent action of the  LLINs to vector mosquitoes.

The same result has been found in different parts of  Myanmar (Maung Maung Mya et al., 2020b).  After intervention periods, a 100% reduction of malaria cases was found after deltamethrin impregnation of mosquito nets the positive malaria cases were reduced to  0% during the intervention month January to after the intervention month (October).  Although in the control ward, Bwedarkone was found in 66.67% of positive malaria cases was increased in the after-intervention period.

A study in Thanphyuzayet Township revealed that malaria parasite-positive rates were significantly reduced when deltamethrin impregnation to clothes in Raber plantation workers. (Maung Maung Mya et  al., 2014). A study in 2016 in sub-Saharan  Africa, 54% of the at-risk population slept under an LLIN, which is a substantial increase from 30% in 2010 (WHO, 2017). It has already been demonstrated that LLINs are important for protecting all individuals in a community,  including those who do not sleep under a  mosquito net [Kilian et al., 2010]. 


Before the intervention, there were 10 P.  falciparum cases in Ohnpinkone and 1 P.  falciparum case in the Bwedarkone ward.  After intervention in Ohnpinkone, the malaria cases were going down to 0. There were 3 malaria-positive cases were found in the control ward Bwedarkone, 66.67% higher up. Main vector An.

minimus was found higher number in both Ohnpinkone (137) and  Bwedarkone (109) wards by outdoor and indoor light trap catch methods. After the intervention, no malaria cases and vectors were caught up by indoor bedroom light traps in the test ward, showing 100%  recovery till October, although malaria vectors were observed in the indoor light trap in the control ward.

Therefore,  Deltamethrin impregnation to used LLINs nets with expiry or lower efficacy, become higher bio-efficacy again. Insecticide Treated  Nets (ITN) are more effective and hygienic as they reduce mosquito density in the bedroom and indoors as well as reduce the men vector contact.

They could either complement or replace some of the preventive measures against the mosquito compared to other mosquito control techniques. Based on the present study, it is apparent that the ITN-based intervention technique is effective and cost-effective as well as appropriate for the control of malaria transmission and vector mosquitoes that they abundantly present in intervention and non-intervention areas. The bio-efficacy was decreased by 20 % in Test Ward Ohnpinkone and efficacy persisted by over 60% in the use of these nets. The bio-efficacy results suggest a significant difference between the Test and control wards.

WHO revealed that below  80% of bioefficacy of LLINs nats need reimpregnation with insecticides. Therefore,  it is necessary to impregnate used and low bio-efficacy mosquito nets if in short supply of new LLINs for the prevention of malaria transmission and the entrance of the main vector of Anopheles mosquitoes in the bedroom and in the indoor guest room in the test ward. The study suggested that the strategies used must be permanent in areas of high epidemiological risk and difficult geographical access, where people live at low socio-educational levels, and that it is necessary to search for new intervention techniques to ensure that the knowledge acquired results in a permanent modification of attitudes and behaviors. 


This study was supported by ICEMR Asia. I am thankful to our Director (ICEMR), who allowed me to do the research. And also, I am also highly thanks to the authorities’ concerns who were permitted and helpful to do research work in their wards. I am thankful to the staff of ICEMR  who were helpful to the research works till completion. 


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