Julie Parsonnet

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  • PARAQUAT POISONING IN SOUTHERN MEXICO - A REPORT OF 25 CASES ARCHIVES OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH Tinoco, R., Tinoco, R., Parsonnet, J., Halperin, D. 1993; 48 (2): 78-80


    Paraquat is a bipyridyl herbicide used world-wide. Although accidental and deliberate ingestions of lethal doses have been reported from many countries, no case has ever been described in Mexico. The authors report on 25 cases of Paraquat poisoning in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, that occurred between 1988 and 1990. Eighty percent of the cases were men, and 64% of the cases died. Alcohol intoxication or suicidal intent were factors at the time of Paraquat ingestion in 75% of the cases. The majority of cases had learned to use Paraquat from a friend; none had been instructed by a professional. Eighty percent of cases did not know the dilution for the proper use of the herbicide, and none kept the herbicide in its original container. Attention to the law, redesign of the Paraquat packaging, and educational efforts directed at populations at risk might reduce the occurrence of poisoning in this region.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1993LA30000003

    View details for PubMedID 8476308

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