Health Issues of Methyl Bromide

Methyl Bromide (odourless colourless gas)

  • Acute inhalation toxicant
  • Associated with the respiratory system eg chest pain or difficulty in breathing.
  • A skin irritant
  • Blisters, rashes, itching.
  • An eye irritant
  • A target organ systemic toxicant
  • Early symptoms and signs headaches, visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting.
  • Long term effects consists of:
    • dizziness
    • drowsiness
    • irritability
    • emotional lability
    • impairment of thought or memory
    • in severe cases delirium and mania or stupor or coma
  • Very eco toxic in the aquatic environment