Mortality due to insecticide poisoning: A retrospective postmortem study

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Insecticides are a major contributor for human fatalities worldwide including India. The present study was attempted to profile insecticide mortality by retrospective review of insecticide poisoning fatalities autopsied at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India during the period of 1992-2004. Of the total 1917 autopsies conducted, 372 cases were due to poisoning, of which 287 cases were due to insecticides with a predominance of organophosphates. More than 90% of poisoning fatalities were due to self-poisoning. Majority of the victims were males in their third decade of life and belonged to rural areas. These cases were more during the winter season and indoor consumption of the poison was observed in more than three-fourth of the cases. We suggest further studies at multiple centers to observe the trend of insecticide mortality in order to float new strategies for controlling this insecticide menace.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-52
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of South India Medicolegal Association
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-09-2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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