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    Default A Possible Link Between Pyriproxyfen and Microcephaly

    Yaneer Bar-Yam, H. Frederik Nijhout, Raphael Paren, Felipe Costa, and Alfredo J. Morales
    May 13, 2017

    The Zika virus has been the primary suspect in the large increase in incidence of microcephaly in 2015-6 in Brazil. However its role is not confirmed despite individual cases in which viral infections were found in neural tissue. Recently, the disparity between the incidences in different geographic locations has led to questions about the virus’s role. Here we consider the alternative possibility that the use of the insecticide pyriproxyfen for control of mosquito populations in Brazilian drinking water is the primary cause.

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    Default Re: A Possible Link Between Pyriproxyfen and Microcephaly

    Link refused to open for me, but copying and pasting the heading lead me to it. Other links under that one, including this:

    New doubts on Zika as cause of microcephaly

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0624150813.htm

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    Default Re: A Possible Link Between Pyriproxyfen and Microcephaly

    District of Columbia health officials misdiagnosed some pregnant women with the Zika virus. Although they gave birth after being told they did not have the Zika virus, their babies were born without microcephaly. Seems to lend support to conclusion that Zika does not cause microcephaly.

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    A group of Argentine doctors with boots on the ground has long suggested something like this. From the article: A group of physicians in Argentina and Brazil have suggested that widespread use of the pes- ticide pyriproxifen [15] to reduce mosquito populations because of a dengue epidemic in 2014 may be the cause of microcephaly [16]. This suggestion has been challenged both by authorities based upon a claim of lack of evidence [17, 18] and by skeptics of conspiracy theories [19]. We have pre- viously reviewed the primary evidence [8], including evidence in rat toxicology studies performed by its manufacturer Sumitomo [20], concluding that pyriproxifen is a credible candidate so that further inquiry is warranted. T

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    I'm sorry, folks, the old problem of my paragraph breaks disappearing seems to be back.

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    It's interesting to note that this scholarly paper acknowledges that a major criticism (not their own) of those doctors' observations and theory (about a certain pesticide as a probable cause of microcephaly) is "skepticism of conspiracy theories."

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    Anyone who has followed this forum from day one will remember that authorities were initially quick to point the finger at the larvicide that had been sprayed on certain areas in Brazil or added to drinking water. Chemical companies instantly sprang in with defense and denial, and the corporate denial position has followed this story wherever it emerged. Still, the evidence continues to speak for itself. Of course there will never be any kind of official acknowledgement: imagine the lawsuits.
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