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Type: Journal article
Title: Death due to malathion poisoning
Author: Pannell, M.
Gilbert, J.
Gardiner, J.
Byard, R.
Citation: Journal of Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine: an international journal of forensic and legal medicine, 2001; 8(3):156-159
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Issue Date: 2001
ISSN: 1353-1131
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M. Pannell, J.D. Gilbert, J. Gardiner, R.W. Byard
Abstract: Malathion is a commonly available insecticide with relatively low toxicity. A study was undertaken in South Australia over a 20-year period to assess the characteristic features of deaths associated with malathion. A total of 5 cases were found, in each of which exposure to malathion had been intentional. The male to female ratio was 2:3 with an age range of 32 to 80 years (mean = 57 yr). In four cases malathion had been ingested and in one case death had resulted from an intravenous injection of insecticide. Ingestion of large volumes of malathion was associated with contamination of the mortuary due to postmortem regurgitation in at least one case. The study also demonstrates that suicides due to malathion poisoning were uncommon in thispopulation, representing only 0.2% of the 3,202 suicides recorded at the Forensic Science Centre over the 20year period.
Description: Short report
DOI: 10.1054/jcfm.2001.0502
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