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Archive Poison News: August 2009
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   Woman poisoned by face cream
  - The Sun, August 27, 2009


The Hong Kong Department of Health has urged women not to use a certain face cream that was found to contain more than 43,000 times the acceptable level of mercury.  The warning was issued after a 58-year-old woman was admitted to hospital with mercury poisoning after using the cream.  The woman who fell sick in early July experienced headaches, dizziness, tremors and a tingling sensation on her feet after using the cream twice a day for a month.


   Eggplant poisons 60 Vietnamese
  - The Sun, August 19, 2009


Hanoi (Vietnam) -   Health officials in Vietnam are investigating whether pesticides poisoned more than 60 people who ate picked eggplants.  The victims, in Hung Yen province near the nationís capital were hospitalized with fevers, stomach aches, headaches and vomiting. Residents were reported as saying all of the eggplants came from the same local store in An Thi district.  Although bad hygiene is often blamed for food poisoning outbreaks in Vietnam, there are also concerns about contamination from agricultural pesticides.


   Poison cases in China rise
  - The Star, August 15, 2009


Beijing (China) -  A smelting plant in northern China has been blamed for the growing number lead poisoning in children in the area. Tests showed at least 615 children out of 731 living in two villages near the plant in Changqing, Shaanxi province, to have excessive lead levels in their blood.  While tests and treatment are being carried out on the children, authorities closed the Dongling Lead and Zinc Smelting company, blaming it for the poisoning although it is not established as yet if pollution by the company caused the childrenís illness.  The lead level in the blood of the children tested ranged from 100mg to more than 500mg per litre, compared with normal levels of between zero and 100mg.  Children are more vulnerable to lead poisoning which can harm their  nervous system and the presence of more than 200mg in their body is considered hazardous.


   Gas leak at factory kills six
  - New Straits Times, August 12, 2009


Tanjung Karung (Malaysia) -  Escaped ammonia gas from the cooling system of a fish processing plant killed six people.  The first to succumb were two workers who lost consciousness while carrying sacks of fish from the factoryís freezer for a fertilizer company. Seeing their predicament, four other people rushed to their aid but lost consciousness themselves.  They were all pronounced dead upon arrival at the district hospital.


Ammonia is a health hazard because of its corrosive nature to sensitive organs like skin, eyes and lungs.  Exposure to the gas, commonly found in small amounts in household cleaners and fertilizers, can result in cough, chest pain, respiratory problems, severe stomach pain and severe burns if contact hours are prolonged.  Lung damage and death may occur after exposure to high concentrations of the toxic and pungent gas within 24 to 48 hours.


   Pesticide link to childhood leukaemia
  - New Sunday Times, August 9, 2009


A new study by Georgetown Universityís Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Centre found that patients with childhood leukaemai have elevated levels of household pesticides in their urine.  Although it cannot be assumed that pesticides caused these cancers, the researchers said their findings certainly support the need for more robust research in this area.


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