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What is Bisphenol A?

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A recent study conducted in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, suggests Bisphenol A can indirectly aid in the spread of vector-borne diseases in humans and animals.

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  • The research establishes that the human-made chemical Bisphenol A can significantly shorten the breeding time of southern house mosquitoes (Culex quinquefasciatus).
  • This mosquito is a major carrier of the West Nile virus, Rift Valley fever virus and avian pox in tropical and subtropical countries, and thereby aids in its quick multiplication.

What is Bisphenol A?

  • Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical compound that is used to make certain plastics and resins, such as polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins.
  • It is often found in products such as water bottles, food containers, dental sealants, and some medical devices.
  • BPA has been the subject of controversy due to its potential to leach into food or beverages from containers made with BPA, and concerns about its potential health effects.
  • Studies have suggested that BPA exposure may be linked to various health issues, including reproductive and developmental problems, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
  • Many countries have taken steps to limit the use of BPA in certain products, especially those intended for use by children.

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