DDT residues pose risk to breastfed babies in KZN
BREASTFED-babies in two malaria-prone areas of KwaZulu-Natal are being exposed to potentially harmful organochlorine pesticide residues because the breast- milk of nursing mothers is contaminated with DDT.
This is according to the findings of a study spanning several years, on breastmilk contamination. It was conducted by the pesticide science programme of the Plant Protection Research Institute of the Agricultural Research Council.
These findings were confirmed by a recent study by Barbara Sereda, the project manager of the programme, who analysed 134 breastmilk samples of nursing mothers in Manguzi and Mseleni.
She found DDT in 70 percent of women who gave birth to only one child in the Gwaliweni region, her reference area, which is not plagued by mosquitoes.