GMO Mosquito Aims To Fight Zika Virus Birth Defects By Reducing Mosquito Population


Southern Med Law Is Investigating Zika Virus Birth Defects And Microcephaly Birth Defect Lawsuits Associated With The Chemical Pyriproxyfen.

zika-virus-birth-defects-attorneyAs many pregnancy women are taking precautions for Zika Virus birth defects, British scientists investigating the Zika Virus and Microcephaly birth defects have developed a genetically modified (GMO) mosquito. This GMO Misquito is aimed to target the species of mosquito that carries Zika virus which causes microcephaly birth defects. The scientists have sought approval from U.S. officials to test their plan in South Florida to lower the population of the Zika-carrying mosquito. Key West residents, however, question whether the GMO mosquito is safe.

Southern Med Law is investigating Zika virus birth defects and allegations in the report suggesting the chemical larvicide, pyriproxyfen, is the cause of the microcephaly outbreak. Southern Med Law attorneys ask women and their families who believe their babies were born with microcephaly due to the Zika virus or the chemical, pyriproxyfen, to contact the firm to explore their legal rights. To contact one of the attorneys, call 1-205-547-5525 or fill out our online contact form located on the website.

An ABC News reported that representatives from the British biotech company, Oxitec, explained the plan at a Congressional hearing on Wednesday, May 25. The test calls for the all-male GMO mosquitos to mate with non-GMO female mosquitos and produce offspring that would not survive. While the GMO mosquitos do not bite, Key West residents said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not have a plan in place in case something goes wrong and Zika starts to spread. The residents have gathered more than 166,000 signatures on an online petition to stop the plan. Recently, the FDA ruled that GMO mosquitos were safe for the environment and humans. British scientists say Brazil, where the Zika virus is rampant, approved releasing the GMO mosquitoes and has seen a 90 percent reduction in the Zika-carrying mosquito population.

In 2014, Brazilian officials developed a plan to reduce the mosquito population by injecting the chemical larvicide pyriproxyfen into the drinking water supply to stop the insects from procreating. Pyriproxyfen causes malformation in mosquitos, Consequently, the areas in Brazil where this took place saw an increasing number of pregnant women give birth to babies with microcephaly, a congenital condition birth defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and an underdeveloped brain. In February, a group of Argentine doctors called, The Physicians in Crop-Sprayed Towns, linked the Zika Virus birth defects or the microcephaly outbreak to pyriproxyfen. According to the report, the malformations in thousands of children living in areas where the government sprayed the chemical “is not a coincidence.” Sumitomo Chemical, which manufactures pyriproxyfen, is based in Japan and has subsidiary offices in the United States. Sumitomo is associated with Monsanto, the company which makes Roundup weed killer.

CDC Confirms Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly

In April, CDC officials confirmed that Zika virus causes microcephaly. Additionally, the CDC reported 503 confirmed cases of Zika virus in the United States, which includes 58 pregnant women, as of May 11. Puerto Rico confirmed its first Zika-related microcephaly case earlier this month. The baby, however, did not survive. The CDC has not released further information. Zika symptoms include joint pain, rash, fever and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Symptoms last from several days to a week and people infected with the virus usually do not require hospitalization.
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About Southern Med Law And Filing A Microcephaly Birth Defect Lawsuit:

The attorneys at Southern Med Law provide legal representation to men and women from around the country who are victims of negligent personal injuries, medical malpractice, dangerous drugs, faulty medical devices and defective products. Led by Dr. François Blaudeau, an attorney and a practicing obstetrician/ gynecologist, the legal staff at Southern Med Law possesses a deep understanding of the complex medical and legal questions at issue in all manner of product liability and personal injury claims. They’re not afraid to take on the nation’s largest corporations in their pursuit of justice, and are committed to ensuring that all victims have access to the type of aggressive legal advocacy that assures success.

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