Perhaps; this sounds very promising.
Malaria is still an enormous scourge in Africa, killing millions—especially children—and debilitating many others:
According to the World malaria report 2011, there were about 216 million cases of malaria (with an uncertainty range of 149 million to 274 million) and an estimated 655 000 deaths in 2010 (with an uncertainty range of 537 000 to 907 000). Malaria mortality rates have fallen by more than 25% globally since 2000, and by 33% in the WHO African Region. Most deaths occur among children living in Africa where a child dies every minute from malaria.
I wrote about the issues involved, including the use and/or banning of DDT, back in February of 2009:
In 2006 WHO lifted its ban on the insecticide, and many believe the substance’s adverse environmental and health effects have been greatly exaggerated. For example, South Africa found that it was a very effective tool in the anti-malaria arsenal, with no seeming ill effects. And, as even this environmental group observes as it reluctantly agrees that wider use of DDT would be a good thing, “we believe that the benefits derived from eliminating malaria through the use of DDT far outweigh any dangers.”
If this single-dose cure pans out, the DDT controversy could become irrelevant. It’s a big “if,” though; so far there have only been animal trials.
[Hat tip: Instapundit.]