DDT still needed to control deadly malaria

Not long ago, a United Nations agency conducted research in Latin America and claimed to have found effective ways to control malaria without the use of DDT. But according to expert analysis by two leading malaria researchers, there were no statistically significant reductions in malaria in demonstration areas that spanned Mexico and seven Central American nations. The researchers noted that claims of malaria reduction without DDT are being used to justify the UN’s plan to stop production of the life-saving chemical by 2017, and said its elimination could have significant consequences for millions of those living in countries struggling with this terrible mosquito-borne disease.

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