Friday, September 15, 2006

WHO wants more DDT

The World Health Organization wants to use more DDT to help fight malaria. According to the article, "DDT, longed banned in the United States because of environmental damage, is no longer sprayed outdoors". This is due to extensive lobbying from wealthy western environmentalists. Other measures seem to have questionable results, "Bednets soaked in different insecticides already are used to protect sleeping families. But if the nets are torn or aren't used every night, a mosquito can infect someone. Plus, mosquitoes can develop resistance to those nets' chemicals, Shiff added, pointing to a 2002 malaria outbreak in part of South Africa using bednets. DDT in those houses quelled the outbreak".

Update: More from the BBC
Update 2: More from the WSJ