Malaria still kills millions every year. Do you think we can eradicate this disease in the next 50 years?

Total votes: 81

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Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

You want to know how? DDT.

posted on Sat, 12/09/2006 - 3:49pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Yes, DDT which repels the mosquito that caries malaria is one of the most effective ways to help stop the spread of the disease. We did a little feature on Weapons to control malaria. The big problem with DDT is its adverse environmental effects. But in places where malaria is killing large numbers of people shouldn't this concern outweighed the environmental ones? These folks think so. Yet, the United Nations doesn't totally agree, because they are considering an eventual total ban on DDT use.

What do you think? Should we step up use of DDT to help stop malaria even though it might be bad for the environment?

posted on Mon, 12/11/2006 - 5:27pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

we have the ability to think creatively and create responses that go beyond our short term gain. let's fight malaria and take steps towards protecting our environment...

posted on Fri, 12/15/2006 - 5:51pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think scientistis should be smart enough to find a cure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Sat, 03/17/2007 - 10:07am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Are you nuts? How is poisioning ones environment any better-choose your death. ? How about clean water and clean practices to control mosquitos? What happens when mosquitos become resistant to DDT? NO.

posted on Tue, 05/08/2007 - 9:36am
tis-chick-s0-fly's picture
tis-chick-s0-fly says:

Um yeah I think so. Cause look at the malaria diease that is going around. Plus it seem that it won't help to stop the spread of the dieases. When a new dieases come in the next 50 years people will be very careful and making sure not to try to catch it at all.

posted on Thu, 10/30/2008 - 6:55pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

there is pills to avoid the spread of maleria

posted on Sat, 12/16/2006 - 5:53pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

There are antimalarial medications, but they can be expensive, have nasty side effects, and don't work in every case. (Also, malaria is becoming resistant to many of these drugs.)

They're OK if you're just traveling or working temporarily in a place where malaria is endemic (check the CDC's recommendations in the link above to find out which one you should take). But they're not so great if you're considering a lifetime of use. For example, long-term use can cause a variety of more serious side effects. Also, many antimalarials can't be taken by, or are more dangerous in, pregnant or nursing women or young children--the very people who need the protection the most.

posted on Tue, 05/08/2007 - 9:45am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yes

posted on Thu, 02/22/2007 - 1:15pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i know
that it can kill you and make you sick!!!!!!!

posted on Mon, 04/30/2007 - 12:56pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

thats so true...for this disease and all other diseases as well

posted on Sat, 12/16/2006 - 6:03pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I really hope that a cure can be found because there has been so much progress in science. However I think in 100 years is more plausable.

posted on Sat, 12/16/2006 - 6:45pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I agree

posted on Sat, 12/16/2006 - 7:02pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

please...in a world where people only want whats best for themselves, even if there was a cure it will be at the expense of other people

posted on Sat, 12/16/2006 - 8:25pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

ha! what a joke...we have harm the world so badly its impossible to undo the damage

posted on Sat, 12/16/2006 - 8:26pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it will take international agreement

posted on Sun, 12/17/2006 - 2:24pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

When ddt was banned there was over 50 million deaths, can counting. Hitler couldn't even pull that off... Just use it...it's not enough little kids in africa are starving, but they also have to worry about deadly mosquitos that'll make them suffer a more horrible death than starving. They have it bad enough as it is. Who cares about some stupid birds. Them dead won't stop the trees from growing, or the world to die. It's just one more species that dies, just like hundreds of other species that nobody (in all honesty) cares about. Seriously, does anybody miss the dodo bird. Let's save a couple of million kids people. Survival of the strongest means, if they weren't strong enough to live then good riddance. And the human race should be strong enough to live, if everybody helps out a little. the human race isn't supposed to have any natural predators, and yet millions are getting wiped out by single celled organism. ...seriously now...

posted on Fri, 01/26/2007 - 3:55am
MB's picture
MB says:

Technology is developing so quickly these days, so I believe that malaria may have a cure in the next 50 years. It definatly is very, very possible.

Medicine and vaccines are developing enough with the help of new technology to someday maybe find a cure. For example, there is now a vaccine for cervical cancer, so a cure is very possible in the future for malaria.

posted on Fri, 02/23/2007 - 2:52pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that they might be able to have a cure in 50 years.

posted on Sat, 03/03/2007 - 2:26pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that it is really possible.

posted on Sat, 03/03/2007 - 2:28pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I don't know,because maybe the world won't even exist then or maybe the people become stupider than the prehistoric people.Or even mosquitoes will be extinct.Or just as a thought,maybe people will be extinct.You never know.I'm not pyscic or anything,and I don't think anyone else is,so how can we decide.Let the future decide

posted on Mon, 04/09/2007 - 8:01pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think that ddt is gross and sick

posted on Wed, 05/09/2007 - 10:10am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Dr. Sam Zaramba, director general of health services for Uganda, argues for the safe use of DDT to combat malaria.

posted on Tue, 06/12/2007 - 11:58am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I do understand that a lot could be done about Malaria but where does the funding come from and are we all sure that there isn't more we could all do I mean come on if we were putting our greatest effort into it, it would be a much different place......................^_^........>_<................-_-................<_>........................................sorry if I seem weird to you.................^_^>_<..............

posted on Thu, 06/28/2007 - 2:18pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

DDT should not be used. What happens when other parasites and bacteria mutate and we can not fight it, then what???

posted on Tue, 10/09/2007 - 7:29am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

If they mutate, then it means that there has been and overuse of the chemicals,Hoever,DDt should not be used to begin with

posted on Tue, 10/09/2007 - 11:51am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

hmm but we would take a while killing all the mosquitos. but DDT is prob not the best choice.

posted on Thu, 11/08/2007 - 12:36pm
vanessa's picture
vanessa says:

i think that most people would like to save others if they were your family so i say YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!YES!!!

posted on Mon, 12/10/2007 - 5:52pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

We don't need 2 billion more people in Africa to take care of, diseases keep the population down below starvation levels. Diseases are a natural occurrence, a cycle of life, the weak die from the diseases, the strong survive.

posted on Mon, 08/18/2008 - 12:25pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

The entire population of Africa is still slightly less than 1 billion.

When you refer to "the weak," do you mean "the poor"? Because I'm totally not immune to malaria, but I guarantee you, dude, that it I will never have to personally worry about that disease. Probably because I'm so strong.

But, yeah, I think I disagree with your premise. I mean, people get diarrhea in America all the time, but you don't see 800,000 kids dying from it annually. And I don't think it's so simple as overpopulation, or that people born in 3rd world countries are naturally weaker than Americans.

posted on Mon, 08/18/2008 - 1:09pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

That statement is unspeakably cruel and profoundly immoral.

posted on Thu, 08/21/2008 - 8:30pm
makenzie's picture
makenzie says:

What have other people done to try to stop malaria?

posted on Fri, 02/27/2009 - 10:56am

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