Poison in drinking water may have caused thousands of deformed children
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Last year thousands of children in Brazil were born with the extremely rare malformation microcephaly. Previously it was thought that the outbreak was due to Zika virus, but now the doctors accuses the Japanese company Sumitomo to be the culprit, reports Tech Times.
The Zika virus from mosquitos have received health authorities around the world to dissuade pregnant women from traveling to parts of South and Central America.
It has namely been feared that there is a connection between infection with Zika virus during pregnancy and microcephaly, a malformation of the brain that leads to the child’s head is smaller than normal, while the face remains normal size.
But now a group of Argentine scientists accusing the chemical giant Sumitomo Chemical for causing deformities. The company, which is linked to Monsanto, produces a poison – Pyriproxyfen. In 2014 Pyriproxyfen was expelled in the drinking water in Brazil to kill insect larvae.
According to the Argentine doctors the recent malformations have been concentrated in the areas where Pyriproxyfen used. They point out that in countries like Columbia, where the Zika virus been widespread, there are no cases where it could be shown that microcephaly caused by the Zika virus.
When the 732 cases of suspected Zika relaterad microcephaly investigated in Brazil showed that more than half of the cases had nothing to do with the virus at all.
In 2015 reported 3,000 cases in Brazil – a very strong increase as believed is due Zika virus.
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