|Document ID (ISN)||103160|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0731-3810 - Journal of Toxicology - Clinical Toxicology
|Convention or series no.
||Dewan A., Bhatnagar V.K., Mathur M.L., Chakma T., Kashyap R., Sadhu H.G., Sinha S.N., Saiyed H.N.
||Repeated episodes of endosulfan poisoning
||June 2004, Vol.42, No.4, p.363-369. Illus. 15 ref.
||A number of families in a rural area of India were affected by repeated episodes of convulsive illness over a period of three weeks. The aim of this investigation was to determine the cause of the illness. It included interviews of affected families, discussions with treating physicians, and examination of hospital records. Food samples were also collected and analysed with GC-ECD. 36 persons of all age groups presented convulsive illness symptoms of varying severity over a period of three weeks, including three fatalities among children. Subsequently, patients responded well to medical treatment. Infective aetiology was ruled out. Blood and food samples showed presence of endosulfan, which was confirmed by GC-MS. One of the food items prepared from wheat flour was found to contain 676ppm of α-endosulfan. This report highlights the unsafe behaviour of many illiterate villagers who use empty pesticide containers for food storage.
||India; food contamination; endosulfan; pesticide poisoning
||safety consciousness; children; symptoms; convulsions; hospitals; developing countries; fatalities; sampling and analysis; determination in blood; medical treatment; unsafe practices
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||India|
||Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
|Broad subject area(s)
Occupational medicine, epidemiology