1Lecturer, Persian Gulf Infectious Disease Research Center, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran
2Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Entomology and Vector Control, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3Professor, Department of Medical Entomology and Vector Control, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran
Background & Aims: Anopheles stephensi is one of the most important malaria vectors in Hormozgan
province, southern Iran. This species with high density has an effective role in malaria transmission,
especially in plain and coastal areas. At present, the country malaria vector control program in areas with
local transmission is using deltamethrin 5% and Bacillus thuringiensis as insecticide and larvicide,
respectively. The aim of this study was to determine the current susceptibility status of Anopheles stephensi
to the mentioned pesticides.
Methods: Susceptibility tests to deltamethrin in diagnostic dose (0.05%) and Bacillus thuringiensis granules
were conducted against the field strain of Anopheles stephensi collected from Siahoo area in the Bandar
Abbas county, and Bashagard district, Iran, as well, using standard methods of World Health Organization.
Results: The mortality of Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes against deltamethrin was recorded as 97 and 98
percents, for Siahoo and Bashagard strains, respectively. Therefore, both strains were susceptible, although
Siahoo strain needs more study. Larviciding test by recommended dose of Bacillus thuringiensis granules
after 24 hours showed 63.5 and 39 percent mortality for Siahoo and Bashagard strains, respectively. These
values increased to 77 and 56 percent after 48 hours.
Conclusion: Targeted insecticide application is recommended to prevent the resistance in malaria vectors,
while regular susceptibility tests are advised for monitoring of resistance status.