Anti-Zika Mosquito Pesticides Cause Neurological Damage
We have been distracted by other issues, but the Zika hysteria of last Summer has quietly been replaced by silence.
For months, the mainstream media inundated the American public with terror-inducing articles about how Zika was going to give their unborn children microcephaly, a condition in which the brain does not develop properly, resulting in an unusually small head, poor motor function, severe brain damage, seizures and other horrific conditions.
Many pregnant mothers lived in fear, others decided to delay falling pregnant or even chose to have abortions.
The World was on high alert, convinced that in Y 2015, Zika had caused over 2,000 babies to be born with microcephaly in Brazil.
The US Congress jumped on the Band Wagon , allocating $1.1-B in taxpayer dollars to programs aimed at controlling the“terrible” virus.
One of these programs involved the aerial spraying of the pesticide naled over large parts of Miami-Dade County and other parts of Florida.
Even before the Zika “outbreak” the Florida had been spraying naled routinely for years to control mosquitoes.
All this, despite the fact that naled is officially banned in Europe, and other countries, including Puerto Rico, refused to use it in the fight Zika. Hundreds of residents protested against the spraying, but to no avail.
The People were right to be concerned.
A recent study by the University of Michigan, published in the journal Environment International determined that the use of naled is directly linked to motor function deficits in children.
For their study, researchers took cord blood samples from 237 healthy babies in Southeast China between Y’s 2008 and 2011, and tested these for the presence of 30 different organophosphate insecticides, including naled.
The babies had been exposed to varying amounts of pesticides while in the womb.
The researchers then tracked the development of these children over a nine-month period. The study focused on China, since it is the world’s largest user of pesticides, and uses naled extensively.
The researchers discovered that 5 of these pesticides, one was naled were present in at least 10 percent of the samples.
The babies’ gross, fine and total motor abilities were tested using the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales at both 6 weeks and 9 months. While all the babies were fine at 6 weeks, by 9 months, those with the highest prenatal exposure to naled were beginning to exhibit motor skills issues.
Though for the most part the issues were small, the study’s authors warn that these children had been exposed to relatively low levels of naled.
“Just because changes are small, that doesn’t mean they should be discounted,” said the lead author of the study. “We really need to know more about it.”
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) insists that aerial spraying of naled is not dangerous, because the droplets are very fine, stay airborne for extended periods, and break down quickly once exposed to sunlight and water.
Notably, Cornell University warns: “Naled is moderately to highly toxic by ingestion, inhalation and dermal adsorption. … As with all organophosphates, naled is readily absorbed through the skin. Skin which has come in contact with this material should be washed immediately with soap and water and all contaminated clothing should be removed. … High environmental temperatures [like in Florida] or exposure of naled to visible or UV light may enhance its toxicity.”
Health officials in Brazil have now admitted that the Zika virus is not the likely cause of the microcephaly cases in that country.
Worldwide, Zika has once again been acknowledged as the essentially benign virus it always has been. Nonetheless, Miami-Dade County officials indicated that they will spray naled again this year if the virus starts to resurface.
In a recent discussion with Charles Murray, CEO of Penta5 USA based in Sarasota, FL, said recently, “Always available is our All-Natural ANYTIME no-bite Lotion and I guess for public awareness that something is being done, the authorities have decided to use a chemical solution for the environment [hopefully on a short term basis]. People don’t like chemicals and for sure bees and other insect life will be wiped out in that area.”
“Suggesting that all visitors and anyone threatened by mosquitoes use ANYTIME no-bite Lotion, packed in an easy to carry anywhere VialPaQ™ developed in Florida would appear to be a “no brainer”. Arrive off the plane or cruise liner get a VialPaQ for the number of days in Florida. Check into a hotel get a VialPaQ for each day. Have these available at schools in the risk areas. Have them at all woman’s clinics and social security offices etc. This is taking a lead, a strong home grown solution based on results from Florida’s university to fall back on and now the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine agrees with their no-bite results. All technical reports show the All-Natural ANYTIME no-bite solution is as good as the harmful chemical products used as a repellent by folks. Chemicals are not recommended for children and pets. So a risk area for our young ones.
The various leaders [Governor, Health, Agriculture and Tourism Departmental heads in Florida] are not being heard in DC, where they appear to be dithering around with the Zika problem. I do feel the leadership team will miss the opportunity to allay tourist fears if they don’t do something soon.”
Mr. Murray recommends for pregnant woman, schools, hotels, airport and cruise lines that each individual be given a VialPaQ daily to ensure no-bites.
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