Friday, July 14, 2006

DDT to fight malaria?

Malaria remains one of the most serious and prevalent diseases in Africa and other parts of the developing world. Some have argued that a concerted campaign of using DDT to eliminate malarial mosquitoes is the attack the disease. However, recent research has shown that DDT is linked to development problems in the womb and exposure to it can lead to premature birth, low birthweight and to premature puberty among girls. Of course, malaria creates huge problems of its own. But all these should be weighed in the debate over DDT.

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