Vector control in leishmaniasis

Indian J Med Res. 2006 Mar;123(3):467-72.


Indoor residual spraying is a simple and cost effective method of controlling endophilic vectors and DDT remains the insecticide of choice for the control of leishmaniasis. However resistance to insecticide is likely to become more widespread in the population especially in those areas in which insecticide has been used for years. In this context use of slow release emulsified suspension (SRES) may be the best substitute. In this review spraying frequencies of DDT and new schedule of spray have been discussed. Role of biological control and environment management in the control of leishmaniasis has been emphasized. Allethrin (coil) 0.1 and 1.6 per cent prallethrin (liquid) have been found to be effective repellents against Phlebotomus argentipes, the vector of Indian kalaazar. Insecticide impregnated bednets is another area which requires further research on priority basis for the control of leishmaniasis. Role of satellite remote sensing for early prediction of disease by identifying the sandflygenic conditions cannot be undermined. In future synthetic pheromons can be exploited in the control of leishmaniasis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Allethrins / pharmacology
  • Animals
  • DDT / pharmacology
  • Humans
  • Insecticides / pharmacology
  • Leishmaniasis / prevention & control
  • Leishmaniasis / therapy*
  • Leishmaniasis / transmission*
  • Leishmaniasis, Visceral / prevention & control
  • Leishmaniasis, Visceral / therapy
  • Leishmaniasis, Visceral / transmission
  • Phlebotomus / parasitology
  • Pyrethrins / pharmacology


  • Allethrins
  • Insecticides
  • Pyrethrins
  • d,d-T80-prallethrin
  • DDT