Argentine And Brazilian Doctors Name a Monsanto Larvicide as Potential Cause of Microcephaly

Many scientists around the world believe that Zika epidemic causes microcephaly (the condition in which a baby’s head is abnormally small). But some Argentinian and Brazilian doctors suggest a very different cause: PESTICIDES.

According to the report of the Argentine group of Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns (PCST), Pyriproxyfen (a larvicide that is added to drinking water to stop the development of mosquito larvae in drinking water tanks) is the cause of microcephaly. The report notes that the pesticide (also known by its commercial name SumiLarv) is produced by Sumitomo Chemical (the Japanese subsidiary of Monsanto).

PCST claims that since the introduction of pyriproxyfen to the drinking-water reservoirs in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco (in 2014), the number of newborn babies with microcephaly has increased enormously. The report blames the Ministry of Health of Brazil for ignoring the chemical damage as a very probable cause for microcephaly even though the official data shows that 35 % of the total microcephaly cases in Brazil have been registered in the state of Pernambuco. The PCST report also noted one very interesting fact: There are many Zika cases in Colombia, but there isn’t a single case of microcephaly. Or in numbers, 3177 pregnant women in Colombia were diagnosed with Zika, but all of them gave birth to healthy babies.

In addition to PCST, the report of Abrasco (an organization of Brazilian doctors and public health researchers) also claims that Pyriproxyfen is a likely cause of the microcephaly. According to Abrasco, the chemical control of Zika-carrying mosquitoes doesn’t reduce the number of mosquitoes at all. The researchers claim that this strategy is harmful because it contaminates the environment and poisons people, and they believe that the chemical industry only cares about its commercial interests.

Also, the World Health Organization (WHO) didn’t try to link Zika with microcephaly completely. Margaret Chan, the General Director of WHO said:  “Although a causal link between Zika infection in pregnancy and microcephaly has not been established, the circumstantial evidence is suggestive and extremely worrisome”.  

Last month, the Washington Post reported that experts examined 732 of the 4,180 cases of Zika-related microcephaly. The results showed that more than half weren’t microcephaly or weren’t even linked to Zika at all. Of the 732 cases, only 270 were confirmed as microcephaly that appears to be linked to Zika.

The WHO officially declared that Zika is a global health emergency and many researchers are trying to develop a vaccine.

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