The aerial spraying against mosquitoes is far more dangerous than we thought before. According to the experts, the spraying against mosquitoes is linked with 25% increased autism cases among children.
Health experts are claiming that these chemicals that are sprayed from above can cause birth defects. Their conclusion is based on a 10 years research in the areas where spraying against mosquitoes has been used. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the most affected area is in central New York.
The officials are spraying pyrethroid pesticides each summer. These chemicals are targeting mosquitoes that are carrying encephalitis virus, which causes swelling of the spinal cord and brain. These scientists have found out that children living in these areas have 25% increased risk of autism than the children from other areas. In these other areas, treatment against mosquitoes is different. They use different methods for distribution of the pesticides.
Pyrethroids are chemicals that are made from people and are structurally similar to the pyrethrum. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances, pyrethroids are more toxic than pyrethrum. Moreover, they last longer in the nature. According to them, children who are exposed to these chemicals can suffer from headaches, dizziness and nausea. As the matter of fact, they also can suffer from many side effects. Adults are not exception. They also can suffer from loss of consciousness and convulsions.
Health experts are saying that aerial spraying against mosquitoes is more dangerous than we think. This is due to the possibility of pesticide spread because of the wind. The wind often carries these harmful pesticides beyond the targeted place.
Besides the harmful effects, experts are saying that aerial spraying is the least effective method. This method can cause pesticide resistance among mosquitoes and become useless.
Everything summed up, everyone is agreed that pesticide spraying is potential risk for young children. Pregnant women and children are the most vulnerable individuals.