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Unintentional topical lindane ingestions - United States, 1998-2003.
Sievert-J; Lackovic-M; Becker-A; Lew-DH; Morrissey-B; Blondell-J; Kim-Jung-LY; Pitts-MR; Holquist-CA; Petersen-AM; Alonso-Katzowitz-JS; Calvert-GM
MMWR 2005 Jun; 54(21):533-535
Lindane is an organochlorine pesticide found in certain prescription-only shampoos and topical lotions used to treat pediculosis (i.e., lice infestation) and scabies; lindane has been associated with human neurologic toxicity. In 2004, CDC was alerted to cases of illness caused by unintentional ingestion of lindane by persons mistaking the product for a liquid oral medication (e.g., cough syrup). To assess the extent of illness from ingestion of lindane, CDC, with assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and state health departments, collected case reports and analyzed data from the Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risks-Pesticides (SENSOR-Pesticides) program and the Toxic Exposure Surveillance System (TESS). This report summarizes the results of that analysis, which identified 870 cases of unintentional lindane ingestion during 1998--2003, and describes two examples of lindane ingestions. To reduce the risk of lindane ingestion, public health authorities should alert clinicians to the hazards of lindane and the importance of following FDA usage guidelines, which include dispensing lindane in manufacturer-produced, 1- or 2-ounce single-use containers.
Pesticides; Organo-chlorine-compounds; Lotions; Neurotoxicity; Surveillance-programs; Poison-control; Emergency-treatment; Toxic-effects; Exposure-assessment
58-89-9; 52645-53-1; 121-75-5; 121-29-9
Issue of Publication
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
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Texas Department of State Health Services
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division