Experts dismiss claims that pesticide, not Zika, causes birth defects
Experts say there's no evidence that an increase in birth defects in Brazil, which has coincided with an outbreak of Zika virus, is due to pesticides used to kill mosquito larvae.
An Argentine environmentalist site last week posted a claim, under the heading Report from Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Town, that a surge birth defects in Brazil is due to a chemical called pyriproxyfen, used to fight mosquitoes, rather than the Zika virus itself. Zika is spread by a species of mosquito called Aedes aegypti, and possibly Aedes albopictus.
The Argentine environmentalists' claims have stoked... read more
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