DDT - the right choice for mosquito control?
While the chemical pesticide DDT has been banned by most countries for use in agriculture, its use for indoor spraying of houses, to kill mosquitoes and control malaria, continues to be practised in some areas. And with cases of malaria on the rise, several African governments are considering whether carefully controlled use of DDT should be part of their malaria prevention strategy. Three professionals offer their views on the wisdom of reintroducing DDT, focussing on public health, risks to agricultural exports, adequacy of infrastructure, and the potential for less toxic alternatives.
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