Microcephaly tied to pesticides instead of Zika Virus?



For some time now, various bloggers have been publishing the suspicions of Argentinian physicians that a larvacide put in water to kill mosquitoes, Pyriproxyfen, may be responsible for the recent rash of microcephaly in Brazil, rather than the Zika virus. Now CNN has lent further credibility to the hypothesis by running the story. It is too soon to say for sure, but the evidence is quite suggestive. You can find the full report here. The physicians note that in previous outbreaks of Zika — as well in other countries where Zika is widespread — there was no uptick in microcephaly, despite 75% of the population being infected. They also mention that the larvacide is manufactured by a Japanese subsidiary of Monsanto and claim that “this strategy is in fact a commercial manoeuvre from the chemical poisons industry, deeply integrated into Latin American ministries of health as well as WHO…

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