DDT residues pose risk to breast­fed ba­bies in KZN

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SHEREE BEGA

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.

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