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Friday, June 09, 2006

Drug Warriors Push Eye-Eating Fungus

Why are members of Congress advocating the use of a dangerous crop-killer in Columbia?

By Jeremy Bigwood

An infection caused by Fusarium fungus destroys a human cornea.

On April 16, the New York Times
ran a full-page ad from contact lens producer Bausch and Lomb,
announcing the recall of its “ReNu with MoistureLoc”
rewetting solution, and warning the 30 million American wearers of soft
contact lenses about Fusarium keratitis. This infection, first detected
in Asia, has rapidly spread across the United States. It is caused by a
mold-like fungus that can penetrate the cornea of soft contact lens
wearers, causing redness and pain that can lead to
blindness—requiring a corneal replacement.

That same week, the House of Representatives passed a provision to a
bill requiring that the very same fungus be sprayed in “a major
drug-producing country,” such as Colombia. The bill’s
sponsor was Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) and its most vocal supporter was
his colleague Dan Burton (R-Ind.), who has been promoting the fungus
for almost a decade as key to winning the drug war.


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