|Spraying pesticides can be a risk for both animals|
Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and California have jumped on the bandwagon by dousing large areas with Duet, a mosquito insecticide, in the hopes of eradicating the virus.
The most fervent spraying is being done in Texas, however, where over 400 cases of West Nile Virus have been detected this year. To date, 22 people have died in the state.
Duet is made up of two different pesticides: sumithrin and prallethrin. Both of these chemicals are pyrethroids, which are used in most household insecticides and considered safe for humans. Not everyone agrees, however.
These chemicals are neuropoisons that can not only kill mosquitoes, but also fish, bees and many other insects and animals, including cats. Some studies have revealed a possible link to cancer, as well as damage to the liver and kidneys in humans.
The truth is there is no concrete evidence to support or refute whether the chemicals are harmful to humans.Though immediate danger is not foreseen by government agencies, the EPA did admit that people with chemical sensitivities may have adverse reactions to the chemicals.Regardless, it is fair to say that the purpose of pesticides is to kill, and if they can kill insects and mammals, it is better to err on the side of caution.
Have you witnessed the spraying of these pesticides? How are people reacting?
Source: Natural News
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