Sunday, April 25, 2010

On world malaria day, remember DDT

Google News tells me April 25th is World Malaria Day.

Well, it is still April 25th where I am, so here is Malaria, Politics and DDT which I had bookmarked about a year ago.

"We must take a position based on the science and the data," said WHO's malaria chief, Arata Kochi, in 2006. "One of the best tools we have against malaria is indoor residual spraying. Of the dozen or so insecticides WHO has approved as safe for house spraying, the most effective is DDT." Mr. Kochi was right then, even if other WHO officials are now bowing to pressure to pretend otherwise.

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