DDT Exposure: Overview

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DDT was one of the most widely used chemicals in pesticides. DDT does not occur naturally in the environment. The presence of DDT in the environment is generally a result of contamination due to past production and use and subsequent movement from sites of application to land, water, and air. Several waste sites, including Superfund sites, contain DDT and might act as additional sources of environmental contamination. Some DDT may be degraded in air, but the compound may persist for a long time bound to certain soils. DDT can no longer be used as a pesticide in the United States except in cases of public health emergency. It is, however, still used in several other areas of the world. Humans can be exposed to DDT primarily by eating food that contains small amounts of the compound. Even though DDT has not been used in this country since 1972, small amounts of DDT are found in soil and, under certain conditions, may be transferred to crops grown on such soil. In addition, imported foods may have been directly exposed to DDT.

DDT can cause cancer, liver damage, reproduction system disorders, and nervous system disorders.

See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems because of DDT exposure. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.



See Also

  1. Toxic & Hazardous Substances
  2. Cancer
  3. Head, Spinal Cord, Brain & Nerve Disorders: Overview
  4. Liver Problems
  5. Premature Infants: Overview
  6. Reproductive System: Overview
  7. DDT Exposure: Frequently Asked Questions
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