Risk Assessment of Malathion
Genericville is dependent on the income it receives from summer tourism. I believe based on that main fact, it is important for us to control the mosquito population. With that being said, it is important to note that the West Nile virus has not only become more increasingly apparent as of late, but the virus is also responsible for claiming the lives of many and continues to do so. Genericville cannot afford to have either a tourist or our citizens contract the West Nile Virus. I have performed a risk assessment of the pesticide malation as evidence to support my decision.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (2005) stated, “the use of malathion by ground application and aerial spraying is generally the preferred method of eradicating adult mosquitoes associated with West Nile Virus because of its relatively low toxicity to humans, mammals, and birds compared with other organophosphate insecticides” (¶ 1). One question that many will ask is: “are there any adverse health concerns”? Of course we all want to insure the safety of our citizens and tourists, and with that in mind I can guarantee that severe affects such as: cancer, birth defects, and death are non-existent. The only effects the study shows may be present is that of: headaches, pinpoint pupils, muscle weaknesses, and in some cases; nausea or vomiting (ATSDR, ¶ 9).
Does the symptom’s mentioned depend on the dose that one comes in contact with? Of course! While the research and studies performed primarily reflect on those with minimal doses, this does not mean the possibility of higher doses may not happen. If one does come in contact with higher doses of Malathion, one may experience side effects such as: seizures, respiratory arrest, loss of reflexes, and even flaccid paralysis (ATSDR, ¶ 9). While these symptoms are rare, and may not be in conjunction with Malathion, it is important to be aware of the possible affects if one does get...