Association between maternal serum concentration of the DDT metabolite DDE and preterm and small-for-gestational-age babies at birth.

BACKGROUND DDT (1,1,1-trichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl)ethane) is highly effective against most malaria-transmitting mosquitoes and is being widely used in malaria-endemic areas. The metabolite, DDE (1,1-dichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl)ethylene), has been linked to preterm birth in small studies, but these findings are inconclusive. Our aim was to… CONTINUE READING