RFI: Adverse effects of impregnated bed nets (4)
You shouldn't talk about sticking your nose in this discussion be-
cause I believe we owe this to afro-nets, without us poking in what
Back to our subject, I have read summaries of the two published arti-
cles you proposed but unfortunately I do not get any assurance from
them. What your article says is that there is dermal exposure to the
pesticide and that the margins of safety for systemic exposures are
acceptable. You go on to conclude that the benefits of the use of
treated bed nets in reducing morbidity and mortality from malaria are
considerable and that the risk: benefit ratio is very favourable.
Mhhh! I have to read the whole article to see how morbidity and
mortality from malaria were measured and how ecological and social
factors were taken into consideration. Also there are other vector
control methods which should be compared to impregnated bed nets be-
fore we can conclude that risk: benefit ratio is very favourable.
The second article makes me think of what happened when DDT was dis-
covered in the 40s. It was effective, safe, easy to use etc.
Let us see what others have to say on this. I for one am against the
use of impregnated bed nets because I believe there are many other
ways people can reduce mosquitoes in their areas and use untreated
bed nets quite effectively.
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