MALATHION: NOT A GOOD CHOICE
As a member of the Genericville City Council, it has been brought to my attention the
proposal to use the insecticide spray, Malathion in our city.
Malathion is an organophosphate
insecticide that has been registered for use in the United States since 1956 (EPA, 2008).
used in a wide arrange of applications from agriculture, residential gardens, and public recreation
area, and public health pest control programs.
When used in accordance and specifications on
the label, Malathion is used to kill mosquitoes without posing unreasonable risk to humans,
animals, and the environment (EPA, 2008).
In several cases however, the misuse or poor storage of this insecticide has posed
considerable threat to humans, animals, and the environment.
In some cases, it has caused
serious illness and death.
In a report by the Bureau of Tropical Diseases, Center for Disease
Control, Atlanta, Georgia, 2,800 people were poisoned and 5 died in Pakistan in 1976 due to an
impurity in the Malathion.
The report states that the impurity was caused from poor storage
Another report, by the Department of Preventive Medicine and the University
of Southern California (USC), and the first study to show evidence of harm to human health after
sprayings of Malathion over human populations, states it was found that children who had been