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October 8, 2003

Methyl Isocyanate Exposure and Growth Patterns of Adolescents in Bhopal

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(14):1856-1857. doi:10.1001/jama.290.14.1856

To the Editor: More than 200 000 people were exposed to methyl isocyanate (MIC) and other gases following the Union Carbide (UC) Pesticide Plant incident at Bhopal, India, on December 3, 1984; in addition to thousands of deaths from acute exposure, this incident has resulted in chronic health problems.1-3 We measured the effects of exposure to fumes from the incident on the physical growth pattern of adolescents.