Monday, May 08, 2006

Malaria or DDT: is that really the choice?

Tanzania, a country on the east coast of Africa, just south of the equator, signed on two years ago to the international ban on using the pesticide DDT. However, the ban allows an exception for disease control, and Tanzania has a serious malaria problem.

Is there really no pesticide that can combat the mosquitoes that carry malaria without such severe risks of cancer, birth defects, and other serious health problems?

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