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World Health Organization Okays DDT

By September 16, 2006

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has reversed nearly 30 years of policy and re-approved the use of DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane) in the fight against malaria. WHO is now recommending the use of indoor residual spraying (IRS) not only in epidemic areas but also in areas with constant and high malaria transmission.

In the announcement of the decision Director of WHO's Global Malaria Programme Dr Arata Kochi says: "We must take a position based on the science and the data. One of the best tools we have against malaria is indoor residual house spraying. Of the dozen insecticides WHO has approved as safe for house spraying, the most effective is DDT." Full details of WHO decision on DDT...

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January 27, 2010 at 1:08 pm
(1) andrewew says:

This article is incorrect. The opening statement “The World Health Organization (WHO) has reversed nearly 30 years of policy and re-approved the use of DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane) in the fight against malaria,” implies that WHO had a ban in place on the use of DDT prior to this decision in 2006. This is not the case. If you read the WHO press release carefully, you’ll see that this is the case. Also, the following review shows that there was significant DDT use in Africa and India prior to 2006, further evidence that there was no ban: http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info%3Adoi%2F10.1289%2Fehp.0900785

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