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Insecticides Possibly Causing Brain Injury: Microcephaly

Sometimes, using chemicals as the cure is not always the best answer. Sometimes, the cure is worse than the problem, as we may be seeing in the outbreak of microcephaly in babies being born in Latin America. Microcephaly, as described by the Mayo Clinic, is a neurological condition causing an infant’s head to be smaller than other children of the same age and sex. This deformity results in the child’s brain developing abnormally prior to birth, and not growing in size at all, after birth. There is no known cure for this disorder. The most parents of children born with this deformity can hope for is a lifetime of therapy in the hopes that their child will be able to lead a productive life of sorts.

What Causes Microcephaly?

In some instances, the source of microcephaly in infants may be genetic, but it also may have other causes, one of which is chemically induced. Some of the causes are as follows:

Craniosynostosis is the premature fusing of the infant’s joints between the bony plates that form an infant’s skull that keeps the brain from growing.

Chromosomal abnormalities also known as down syndrome; down syndrome is probably one of the most well known forms of microcephaly.

Decreased oxygen to the fetal brain (cerebral anoxia); this may be caused by an accident, injury or medical malpractice prior to or during the birth process.

Infections of the fetus during pregnancy, these include toxoplasmosis, cytomegalovirus, German measles and chickenpox.

Exposure to drugs, alcohol or certain toxic chemicals in the womb; it is believed that the chemical infusion of pesticides in the drinking water of some Latin American countries, which is the subject of this article, may have resulted in an epidemic of microcephaly in that region.

Chemically Induced, or Man Made Cause of Microcephaly

At first the microcephaly that is making its rounds in certain regions of Latin America was thought to have been caused by the Zika Virus. However, most recently, scientists believe that the brain deformity is actually being caused by chemically treated drinking water.

In 2014 a pesticide, known as Pyriproxyfen, was used in Brazil to combat the development of mosquito larvae in drinking water tanks. Pyriproxyfen inhibits growth of the mosquito larvae and is thought to prevent development of the lava to an adult mosquito, eventually killing it. A report published by Physicians in Crop Sprayed Towns (PCST) is now linking the increase in microcephaly amongst newborns in this area with treatment of drinking water with this pesticide.

Related Incidents of Pesticide Causing Brain Injury and Other Illnesses or Deformities

This most recent report of brain injuries caused by the use of pesticides and other chemicals is not an isolated incident. Regional spraying of pesticides to treat areas infested with mosquitoes, or other types of infestation has come under fire before. Please see the Brevard Mosquito Control Pesticides Environmental & Health Effects Research.

Brain injury leading to either disability or death as a result of brain damage is a very serious matter. To consult with an experienced brain injury attorney on this issue, or if you or a loved one is suffering from a brain injury or a brain trauma due to the actions of another, contact Levin & Perconti at (312) 332-2872 for a free consultation.