There was a report from the Argentine doctors’ organisation, Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns, challenges the theory that the Zika virus epidemic in Brazil is the main cause of the increase in the birth defect microcephaly among the newborns.
The increase in this birth defect, was quickly linked to the Zika virus by the Brazilian Ministry of Health, as the babies are born with an abnormally small head and often have some brain damage. According to the Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns, the Ministry failed to recognize that in those areas where sick people lived, there was a chemical larvicide that produced malformations in mosquitoes, introduced in the water supply in 2014. This poison, named Pyriproxyfen, is used in a State-controlled programme aimed at eradicating disease-carrying mosquitoes.
The physicians also added that the Pyriproxyfen, has been manufactured by the Sumitomo Chemical, a Japanese “strategic partner” of Monsanto. Pyriproxyfen is actually a growth inhibitor of mosquito larvae, that alerts the development process from larvae to pupa to adults, and in that way it generates malformations in developing mosquitoes and killing or disabling them. It also acts as an insect juvenile hormone or juvenoid, and it has an effect of inhibiting the development of adult insect characteristics (for example, wings and mature external genitalia), as well as reproductive development. According to the physicians, it is an endocrine disruptor and is teratogenic – which means that it causes birth defects.
– The physicians also commented:
“Malformations detected in thousands of children from pregnant women living in areas where the Brazilian state added Pyriproxyfen to drinking water are not a coincidence, even though the Ministry of Health places a direct blame on the Zika virus for this damage.”
They have also noted that Zika is traditionally held to be a relatively benign disease, which has never previously been associated with birth defects, even in those areas where it infects 75% of the population.
– Larvicide – the most likely culprit in birth defects
Pyriproxyfen is really something new introduced to the Brazilian environment; the microcephaly increase is a relatively new phenomenon. The plausible causative factor in microcephaly seems to be larvicide – far more so than GM mosquitoes, which some people have blamed for the Zika epidemic, as well as for the birht defects. But, still, there is nos sound evidence in order to support the notion promoted by some sources that GM mosquitoes can cause Zika, that in turn can be the cause for microcephaly. In fact, out of 404 confirmed microcephaly cases in Brazil, only 17 (4.2%) tested positive for the Zika virus.
– Brazilian health experts agree Pyriproxyfen is chief suspect
The report of the Argentine Physicians, which is also addressed to the Dengue fever epidemic in Brazil, concurs with the findings of a separate report on the Zika outbreak by the Brazilian doctors’ as well as the public health researchers’ organisation, Abrasco.
Pyriproxyfen was also named as a likely cause of the microcephaly, by Abrasco. It condemns the strategy of chemical control of Zika-carrying mosquitoes, which they say is contamining the environment, as well as the people too, and it is also not decreasing the number of mosquitoes. Abrasco also suggests that this kind of strategy is driven by the commercial interests of the chemical industry, which is also deeply integrated in the Latin American ministries of health, as well as the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organisation.
Oxitec was the name given to the British GM insect company, by Abrasco, which is a part of the corporate lobby that is distorting the facts about Zika, in order to suit its own profit-making agenda. Oxitec also sells some GM mosquitoes engineered for sterility and markets them as a disease-combating product – a strategy condemned by the Argentine Physicians as “a total failure, except for the company supplying mosquitoes”.