Scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, have discovered a potentially dangerous new malaria-transmitting mosquito in Kenya.
The species, which has never been implicated in the transmission of malaria before, poses a threat because it bites humans at times when they are not protected by current malaria control techniques.
The commonly caught Anopheles mosquitoes that transmit malaria in Africa, generally, prefer to rest indoors and feed on humans at night. This led to the development of programmes to stop the spread of malaria such as spraying insecticide in homes and issuing bed nets for people to sleep under.
However, this mosquito was found to be active outdoors and bite people earlier in the evening soon after sunset.
The scientists warn of risk that bed nets and insecticides could fail to fully protect the population. GNA