Should DDT be banned by international treaty?

Parasitol Today. 2000 Mar;16(3):119-21. doi: 10.1016/s0169-4758(99)01605-1.


The insecticide DDT has been an effective and affordable means of malaria control in many countries, but pressure for its use to be banned is mounting. Here, Chris Curtis and Jo Lines take a critical look at evidence that links house spraying by DDT with harm to the environment and human health, and stress the need for resources for alternatives to DDT to be made available to countries that would be affected by a DDT ban.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • DDT* / adverse effects
  • DDT* / toxicity
  • Health Policy / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Insecticides* / adverse effects
  • Insecticides* / toxicity
  • International Cooperation*
  • Malaria / prevention & control
  • Mosquito Control*


  • Insecticides
  • DDT