DDT stalemate stymies malaria control initiative

Lewis, Katie
November 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;11/4/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 10, p999
Academic Journal
The article addresses issues on the use of Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane (DDT) pesticide as an effective measure to prevent malaria in Uganda. The DDT kills the mosquitoes when they enter the home and creates a sort of protection bubble, causing the mosquitoes to go elsewhere to find their next blood meal. The Ugandan government viewed it as an integral part of its anti-malaria strategy. However, its spraying program was stopped by a petition from various groups due to health and environmental concerns. The impasse dissipates the hopes of the Ugandans to combat malaria.


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