Zika Virus: Is DDT an Option?

Chad Serrate:

A recent mosquito born virus spread to two-dozen countries quite quickly. The Zika virus has lead to babies being born with abnormally small heads. The disorder, microcephaly, leads to severe development issues and on some occasions, death. The mosquito is called the aedes aegypti and it was eliminated by DDT. The WHO director has estimated that by next year, 3-4 million people in the Americas will be affected with the Zika Virus. So far there is no treatment or vaccine. Experts say the banned pesticide, DDT, is helpful in killing the mosquitoes.

Most say that the pesticide, DDT, wont be back considering its health risks and effects on animals, environment and pregnant mothers. It can lead to developmental defects and it remains in the body for a long time. It once was the “miracle pesticide” and was greatly used all across the world. It has been banned since 1972. It poses a risk so the safest route is to find a more appropriate way to kill the mosquitoes.






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