Malaria and DDT

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    A BIG issue, this is just one post with a lot of links. DDT ban needs to be rethought, quickly:

    http://www.oxblog.blogspot.com/2005_03_20_oxblog_archive.html#111170763219716160

     
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    Granny wonderin' if when dey was workin' on dat fungus, it got out an' killed the bees an' bats?...
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    Genetically-Modified Fungus Kills Malaria Parasite
    March 02, 2011 - New strategy may have advantages over pesticides
     
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    New, bio-synthetic version of the drug could be a major advance in the battle against malaria...
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    Synthetic Malaria Drug Made Through Biotech, Yeast
    April 11, 2013 - The World Health Organization says more than 200 million people - mostly in sub-Saharan Africa - were infected with malaria in 2010. The mosquito-borne parasitic illness annually kills 650,000 people, a majority of them young children.
     
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    Malaria parasite causes mosquito to home in on humans...
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    Malaria parasite lures mosquito to human odour
    16 May 2013 - Mosquitoes carrying the malaria parasite are more attracted to human body odour than uninfected insects, a study suggests.

     
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    Anti-malaria bed nets help prevent elephantitis too...
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    Treated Bed Nets Critical to Eradicating Debilitating Tropical Disease
    August 21, 2013 — Inexpensive bed nets treated with insecticide may hold the key to eradicating a debilitating disease that threatens one-fifth of the world's population - mainly those living in Southeast Asia and Africa.
     
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    I'm still wondering 7 years later, why DDT isn't being used more liberally in areas of high infections.
     
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    Umm...maybe because it causes cancer?
     
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    In quantities of what? Considering numbers killed by malaria, no brainer.
     
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    Annie -

    Somehow I think you might feel a little differently if a known carcinogen was being sprayed where you live.

    This is a more complex issue than you might imagine...DDT is effective, but not so effective that it removes the problem of malaria entirely. In badly afflicted areas people still need to use mosquito nets, repellant and pale-coloured or pemethrin-infused clothing at sunset.

    DDT has only ever been a bandaid solution. What is needed is either an effective vaccine, or a biological solution such as irradiation and/or draining swamps and/or introducing predators like bats and birds - which DDT kills, of course.
     

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