Investigation of Suspected Nonoccupational Human Intoxication/Chlordane Termite Treatment, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, May-June 1977
Pesticide monitoring special study (Final)
ARMY ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE AGENCY ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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Occupants of a quarters at Ft Monmouth, NJ became ill on the day the quarters were treated for subterranean termites, using a reported 1 percent chlordane water emulsion, by a contract exterminator. Chlordane intoxication was suspected as a cause of the illness. Blood serum samples from the occupants and a neighbor were analyzed for pesticide residues. No evidence of chlordane or its metabolites were found in the serum but normal levels of p,p-DDE were found. Dust from the occupants vacuum bag was analyzed for pesticide residues. Chlordane approximately 30 ppm was detected and trace amounts of diazinon and malathion were found. A sample of the reported 1 percent chlordane water emulsion was analyzed for composition. The product was found to contain 0.544 percent chlordane, 0.76 ppm diazinon and 0.93 ppm malathion. Recommendations regarding termite inspection and treatment are made in the report.