A toxic insecticide used on crops, animals, and in pest-strips. It is effective against many insects as both a contact and stomach poison. It is even fed to livestock to control botfly larvae in the manure, fed to dogs and humans to treat a variety of parasitic worm infections. BUT symptoms of dichlorvos exposure include weakness, headache, tightness in chest, blurred vision, salivation, sweating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, eye and skin irritation, miosis (pupil constriction), eye pain, runny nose, wheezing, laryngospasm, cyanosis, anorexia, muscle fasciculation, paralysis, dizziness, ataxia, convulsions, hypotension (low blood pressure), cardiac arrhythmias, and coma. EPA has classified dichlorvos as a probable human carcinogen. A 2010 study found that each 10-fold increase in urinary concentration of organophosphate metabolites was associated with a 55% to 72% increase in the odds of ADHD in children.
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