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nomo8
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« on: February 09, 2009, 04:53:59 PM »

Probably many who read this forum have heard of the "urgent need" for pesticide impregnated mosquito netting to prevent disease in countries in Africa where malaria and other pathogens are transmitted by mosquitos. Why should any quality mosquito netting in good shape require impregnetation with insecticide (what kind of insecticide?) to be effective?  In all other tropical and subtropical areas of the globe where mosquito vectored diseases are a problem, are such chemically treated nets used?

The writer has used mosquito nettings many times, the only danger was if it had holes in it and you used some duct tape if needed to patch it.  Why are African children and their mothers been draped over with netting exuding potentially toxic vapors?  Do little children play with the nets with their hands, or chew on them?  Every day, the nettings must be handled in some way by someone!  If a pesticide laced mosquito net has a big hole in it, what difference does it make?

After the horrible experiences with vaccination schemes of the 60's and 70's , more like massive blood mixing and disease spreading schemes, should people be wary of this current "urgent threat" requiring more chemical additives introduced on a massive scale to African people?  How about a campaign simply for high quality nets and good means of repairing them easily and cheaply in the field?.  Maybe somone could look into this.  n8
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Marbles
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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2009, 10:52:03 AM »

I think you're probably right to question this.  It sounds like an old white/colonial trick, just like the small pox blankets and the "vaccines".
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