A new study released by a medical journal on Wednesday urges a ban on multi-use pesticides which are linked to brain damage in children. The report states that no safe level exists for pregnant women and young children when exposed to even low levels of organophosphate pesticides. For years, the chemicals found in the pesticides have acted as the main ingredient in pest killers used on farms. These types of pesticides have been used in diverse places including golf courses, schools, and shopping malls as well as in flea and tick medications for cats and dogs, and a spray for mosquitoes carrying Zika and the West Nile Virus. The report also pushes for medical schools to create educational materials to inform doctors and nurses what to look for in identifying pesticide exposure in patients, and how to advise pregnant women and parents of young children about the dangers of the pesticides and how to avoid them.
According to the newly released study, there is no safe exposure level of organophosphate pesticides for pregnant women and young children. Babies born to women exposed to them may face various disorders that adversely affect their mental capacities and motor skills or cause them to develop autism or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. A lifetime of struggles may follow the diagnosis of these maladies in young children and interfere with their quality of life now and in the future.
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