Susceptibility and resistance to insecticides of Chagas disease vectors
Medicina (Buenos Aires)
Chemical control of Chagas disease vectors appears to be the best practical way to reduce the incidence of the disease. DDT was initially tested in the 1950s for the campaigns of control of Chagas disease vectors. Its low level of effectiveness against triatomine caused the failure of these control actions. HCH was then introduced in the southern cone and Dieldrin in the north of Latinoamerica. Starting in the late 1960s anticholinesterasic organophosphorus and carbamate compounds were
... ounds were introduced in the control of Chagas vectors. The use of pyrethroid compounds began in 1980. This family of insecticides is now the most important tool in triatomines control because of its favorable toxicological properties. Other types of insecticides also studied for Chagas vector control were the insect growth regulators and the antifeeding compounds. Because of the mode of action of these insecticides they are now considered just a potential complement of neurotoxic insecticides for integrated programmes of Triatomines control. Innovative formulations such as fumigant canister and insecticidal paints have been successfully developed in Latinoamerica with the World Health Organization support. Resistance to insecticides of triatomines is not yet a great problem in Chagas vectors. However, some resistant strains to pyrethroids have been found in Rhodnius prolixus from Venezuela and in Triatoma infestans from Brazil. Some cases of T. infestans incipient resistance to deltamethrin have been detected in Argentina. According to the control tools now available it is possible to expect the interruption of vector transmission of Chagas disease in the near future.