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November 6, 1967

Acute Endrin Poisoning

Author Affiliations

From the departments of epidemiology (Dr. Coble), pathology (Drs. Hildebrandt and Raasch), and biochemistry (Dr. Davis), US Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3, Cairo, UAR; and the Pesticides Program, Communicable Disease Center, Public Health Service, Atlanta (Mr. Curley).

JAMA. 1967;202(6):489-493. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130190095013

Endrin, a chlorinated hydrocarbon insecticide, produces hyperexcitability of the human central nervous system. Acute endrin poisoning from bread made with contaminated flour resulted in sudden convulsions in three people. Recoveries were spontaneous, and symptoms were minimal. The endrin content was determined for the contaminated bread, the contaminated flour, and the specimens from four persons who had eaten the bread.