The Director General, Nigeria Institute of Medical Research, Prof. Babatunde Salako, said it had discovered a new malaria vector called Anopheles Stephens in northern Nigeria.

Salako, who spoke with newsmen in Lagos during a birthday ceremony organized by his staff members, said it was the most recent research discovery.

He said that it was a rugged vector, very difficult to eradicate, and had not been found anywhere near West Africa.

The NIMR boss stated that this was a discovery by NIMR researchers and that had implications for malaria control in Nigeria.

According to Salako, NIMR was currently looking at vaccines.

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