Diazinon is the common name of an organophosphorus insecticide used to control pest insects in soil, on ornamental plants, and on fruit and vegetable field crops. It is also used to control household pests such as flies, fleas, and cockroaches. This chemical is manufactured and does not occur naturally in the environment.
The pure chemical is a colorless and practically odorless oil. Preparations used in agriculture and by exterminators contain 85-90% diazinon and appear as a pale to dark-brown liquid. Diazinon preparations available for home and garden use contain 1-5% diazinon in a liquid or as solid granules.
Most of the diazinon used is in liquid form, but it is possible to be exposed to the chemical in a solid form. Diazinon does not burn easily and does not dissolve easily in water.
Most cases of unintentional diazinon poisoning
in people have resulted from short exposures to very high concentrations of the material. Very high levels of exposure to diazinon have resulted in death in people accidentally exposed and in those who have swallowed large amounts of the chemical to commit suicide.
Diazinon affects the nervous system. Some mild symptoms include headache
, weakness, feelings of anxiety, constriction of the pupils of the eye
, and not being able to see clearly. More severe symptoms include nausea
and vomiting, abdominal cramps, slow pulse
, pinpoint pupils, difficulty breathing
, and coma
Damage to the pancreas has developed in some people and in laboratory animals exposed to large amounts of diazinon. In animal studies, high doses of diazinon produced effects on the nervous system similar to those seen in people.
See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems because of diazinon 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.
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- Breathing: Overview
- Coma: Overview
- Diarrhea: Overview
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- Nausea: Overview
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