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Fatal accident resulting from methyl bromide poisoning after fumigation of a neighbouring house; leakage through sewage pipes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8889797     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An intoxication after using methyl bromide (CH3Br) in fumigation is reported. The accident resulted in the death of a newborn infant within 12-13 h after exposure, as well as clinical intoxication of the infant's parents. The concentration of bromide ion in the infant's blood was 170 mg l-1 and in the parents blood it was 130 and 110 mg l-1. Autopsy showed that the cause of death was acute pneumonia due to aspiration, most likely resulting from vomiting and aspiration after inhalation of CH3Br. The clinical symptoms of the parents are reported, as well as a brief survey on the kinetics and CH3Br toxicity in animals and humans. Reconstruction of the events prior to the intoxication revealed that the sewage pipes serving the two houses had been sucked empty only 1-2 h prior to the start of fumigation, resulting in an open sewage connection between the houses and permitting CH3Br to leak from the treated house into the house of the affected family.
S Langård; T Rognum; O Fløtterød; V Skaug
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of applied toxicology : JAT     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0260-437X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Appl Toxicol     Publication Date:    1996 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-01-23     Completed Date:  1997-01-23     Revised Date:  2006-04-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8109495     Medline TA:  J Appl Toxicol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  445-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Telemark Central Hospital, Skien, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Fumigation / standards
Hydrocarbons, Brominated / adverse effects*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature
Infant, Premature, Diseases / mortality*
Pneumonia / mortality*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Hydrocarbons, Brominated; 0/Sewage; 74-83-9/methyl bromide

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