While many of us have only become aware of the Zika virus recently, due to the microcephaly outbreak in Brazil, it has been of concern for about 70 years. And while you may know of it, do you know exactly what it is?
Zika virus is a sexually-transmitted infection. The condition causes babies to be born with unusually small heads and is said to have gone from an average of about 150 cases annually to over 5,000 in a mere four months. But despite how mainstream media has represented it, the World Health Organization (WHO) making the announcement declaring it a global health emergency without explaining much about it, and the Brazilian government even admitting that their “overly generous parameters resulted in dramatic over-reporting of the rare condition public health officials have associated with the Zika virus, which has been dubbed by the media as the ‘shrunken head’ virus,” the association may be a false positive.
The New York Times reported:
Of the cases examined so far, 404 have been confirmed as having microcephaly.
Only 17 of them tested positive for the Zika virus. . . .
An additional 709 babies have been ruled out as having microcephaly, according to the government, underscoring the risks of false positives making the epidemic appear larger than it actually is.
The remaining 1,113 cases are still being investigated.
So while people around the world continue to be advised against becoming pregnant due to the ongoing spread of the Zika virus, a group of Argentine physicians are challenging this notion, and the overwhelming link between Brazil’s microcephaly and the 70-year-old disease. They believe that, rather than Zika having caused a rise in microcephaly cases, it is really a toxic larvicide that’s been introduced into Brazil’s water supplies that’s to blame.
Pyriproxyfen Is The Real Culprit
Physicians in Crop-Sprayed Towns (PCST) believe that a chemical called pyriproxyfen, which produces malformations in mosquitoes, was injected into Brazil’s water supplies in 2014 to halt the development of mosquito larvae in drinking water tanks.
Pyriproxyfen is manufactured by Sumitomo Chemical, a company associated with Monsanto. PCST claims Sumitomo is really a subsidiary of Monsanto, however.
Don’t Believe Everything You’re Told
The local government of Grande do Sul in the southern portion of Brazil has even suspended the use of the chemical larvicide pyriproxyfen, even though no proof has been stated as of yet.