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DANIEL GREENFIELD: DDT MIGHT HAVE STOPPED ZIKA, BUT ENVIRONMENTALISTS PREFERRED MOSQUITOS OVER PEOPLE……

Quote: Brian John Thomas ”The banning of DDT may well have already killed more people than Hitler and even Stalin.”

DDT is both harmless to humans and to wildlife, only the mosquito takes the hit. The environmental Left is to blame for the banning of DDT, the Left deserve all of our condemnation and disgust.

DDT MIGHT HAVE STOPPED ZIKA, BUT ENVIRONMENTALISTS CHOSE MOSQUITOES OVER PEOPLE

The Zika virus outbreak is the latest batch of blood on the dirty hands of Rachel Carson and the entire environmental movement which puts mosquitoes ahead of people. There was a time when we beat insect-born diseases through simple and easy methods that worked.

What for the US? This needs to be watched. The mosquito that carries Zika, and also dengue and chikungunya, has a wide range in the United States: throughout the South, and as far as New York City. Dengue and chikungunya are increasing in the Americas, and dengue recently became established in Florida. Avoiding these diseases requires doing things that Americans used to take for granted back when insect-borne illnesses were a common concern, which was before DDT eradicated malarial mosquitoes

But environmentalists eradicated DDT instead. DDT worked in Brazil.

The eradication of Aedes aegypti (the mosquito that transmits both dengue and Zika) in Brazil was driven by the fear of another flavivirus it transmitted, yellow fever. A DDT programme started in 1947. Brazil was declared free of the mosquito in 1958. But in 1976 it came back, probably flying in from Venezuela and the Carribean. Dengue came into the country in 1981. The aim of eradicating Aedes aegypti was dropped and replaced with a control policy in 1986. The mosquito has thrived. It likes people and loves to lay its desiccation-resistant eggs in man made water containers.

Environmentalists love control policies.

The quickest way to stop it in Brazil will be to attack the mosquitoes. The Olympics are near. Perhaps DDT will make a comeback.

That view comes from Hugh Pennington, a professor of bacteriology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland who was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

The bottom line is that this is a mosquito problem, which requires eradicating them. And environmentalists really, really hate that. So you can bet Obama won’t go that route.

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