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Document ID (ISN)54644
CIS number 90-1637
ISBN(s) 92-4-154290-X
Year 1989
Convention or series no. Environmental Health Criteria 90
Title Dimethoate
Bibliographic information World Health Organization, Distribution and Sales Service, 1211 Genève 27, Switzerland, 1989. 85p. Illus. Bibl. Price: CHF 12.00.
Abstract Dimethoate is an organophosphorus insecticide produced in many countries for use against a broad range of insects in agriculture, and for control of the housefly. While the general population is not normally exposed to dimethoate, occupational exposure may occur during manufacture, formulation and use, mainly through inhalation and dermal absorption. Dimethoate is not persistent in the environment and its toxicity in aquatic organisms and birds has been reported to be moderate to high. Animal experiments have shown dimethoate to be moderately toxic. The lethal oral dose for human beings has been estimated to be in the range of 50-500mg/kg body weight. Topics covered in this review include environmental levels and human exposure; kinetics and metabolism; effects on organisms in the environment; effects on experimental animals and on man; evaluation of human health risks and effects on the environment.
Descriptors (primary) agricultural chemicals; WHO; environmental pollution; toxicology; crop protection; dimethoate
Descriptors (secondary) mutagenic effects; toxic effects; literature survey; mammals; organophosphorus compounds; fish; criteria document; microorganisms; insecticides; animal experiments; metabolic studies; carcinogenic effects; birds
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Genetic factors in reaction to exposures
Esters and salts
Agricultural chemicals
Environmental pollution