We at Genericville City Council are here to determine whether or not Malathion insecticide spray should be used to reduce the mosquito population. In this article I am going to review all the processes to see what is really going to benefit this city in the long run. I will be going through and discussing four main points which will include hazard identification, dose-response, exposure, and risk characterization. When I am done I will conclude with my decision so that we may be able to move forward with our final decision. Hazard Identification
Does exposure to the substance cause increased likelihood of adverse health effect? There is no evidence yet that states of any major long term health risks. Right now we are looking at a projection of 90 health related illnesses associated with Malathion, and a projection of 4 deaths. Other than projections for our population, we really don’t have any other evidence or health risks associated with Malathion to help with a better understand of this pesticide. Dose-Response
What is the relationship between the amount of exposure (dose) and seriousness of adverse health assessment? While reading the proposal, I did not see any mention of what the exposure dose would be in order to see any symptoms in those who were exposed to it for short or long periods of time. This area needs to be researched more, along with statistics on the exposure and what needs symptoms came about when exposed.
The only information given was that there would be educational classes given to help with that exposure.
How much, how often, and how long are humans exposed to the substance in question? The Malathion would be applied through an aerial spray as well as a ground pesticide. People will have to maintain distance from all that has come into contact with the pesticide for a t least a week. I did not see anything regarding how much, how often, or how long anyone is going to be exposed to the pesticide. We also have to deal...
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