Pregnant women in New Zealand are being warned to vacate
their areas before a 1080 drop starts there. 1080 is a metabolic poison called
sodium fluoroacetate and is used to kill unwanted pests such as rats, stoats
While there is no direct evidence of the poison causing
harm, midwives are still cautioning pregnant women to take precautions. Nelson
District Health Board midwife Carol Craven says, "Nobody can guarantee
this substance does not cross the placental barrier."
Many pregnant women
are planning to move out before a drop starts, but West Coast District Health
Board spokesman Bryan Jamieson said there was still no evidence to indicate the
poison is harmful to health.