12/17/2001

The controversial insecticide DDT is making a comeback in South Africa as a malaria treatment. In KwaZulu Natal province, the region hardest hit by the epidemic, malaria cases dropped more than 70% after health officials began an aggressive DDT spraying campaign. DDT is the most powerful weapon against mosquitoes carrying the malaria parasite, but it has adverse effects on human reproduction and nervous systems disorders.

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