Fourteen malformations of babies concentrated in three areas of France within a few years have raised the alarm of some specialists, who suspect that contamination may be behind, a hypothesis already ruled out by the health authorities of the country.
This thorny issue, widely reported in the French media, began with the announcement of the association Remera, which has a registry of children with malformations in the populated region of Rhône-Alpes, in the east of France.
Its director, epidemiologist Emmanuelle Amar, warned that seven babies born between 2009 and 2014 in the department of Ain recorded malformations (such as lack of hand or forearm) without their mothers had adopted risky attitudes, such as taking drugs or drinking alcohol .
Next to this case, Two others joined, four children born between 2011 and 2013 in the city of locality, in the French Brittany, and seven between 2007 and 2008 in Mouzeil, in the department of Loire Atlantique, in the northwest of the country.
"The malformation rate in the Ain was 58 times higher than the normal rate in France, this situation is unprecedented in the country, affecting in total three departments," he said in an interview published today in "Le Parisien" Amar, for whom the Atmospheric pollution may be behind these cases. "Only that track remains (the environmental one), but it's not confirmed, it's a hypothesis. Would there be a substance used in agriculture capable of preventing the growth of an arm of a baby inside its mother's womb? Could it have been mere chance? We do not know, "he added.
The epidemiologist, known for her work in alerting malformations in the taking of antiepileptic drug Depakine, lamented the attitude of French health authorities and said that this case is "in the process of becoming a scandal."
In a report presented on Thursday, the national agency of Public Health, Santé Publique France, added that no environmental factor has been revealed as a possible cause. He also considered that the seven cases of the Ain "do not suppose an excess" in relation to the national average, while he did recognize "an excess" in the Loire-Atlantique and Brittany.