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Document ID (ISN)55703
CIS number 91-454
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1990
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Herzstein J., Cullen M.R.
Title Methyl bromide intoxication in four field-workers during removal of soil fumigation sheets
Bibliographic information 1990, Vol.17, No.3, p.321-326. 13 ref.
Abstract This article describes a recent exposure incident in the field during removal of plastic sheets days after injection of methyl bromide into soil. Following removal of polyethylene sheets covering soil fumigated with methyl bromide, 4 field-workers developed fatigue and light-headedness and 3 workers noted progressive respiratory, gastrointestinal (GI), and neurologic symptoms. The acute systemic symptoms improved over several days, but later-onset neuropsychiatric symptoms persisted for several weeks. This incident stresses the need for improved worker education and strict adherence to safety precautions during all stages of methyl bromide fumigation and raises the possibility of an increased risk of toxicity associated with methyl bromide fumigation during a cool season.
Descriptors (primary) neurotoxic effects; fumigation; agricultural operations; insecticides; toxicology; methyl bromide
Descriptors (secondary) symptoms; case study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the nervous system
Halogenated hydrocarbons
Agricultural chemicals