Aina kun joku näkee pullan palan maassa, niin huudetaan suureen ääneen myrkkyä. Vaikka osassa tapauksissa on aidosti yritetty vahingoittaa ympäristön nelijalkaisia, niin valitettavasti aihe on kärsinyt joltisenkin inflaatiota. Kuten kävi pojalle, joka huuteli sutta.
Seuraava lainaus on toki vuodelta 2007, mutta ei siis vielä muinaishistoriaa. Kertoo siitä, kuinka turvassa me kuitenkin elämme täällä.
Kilkenny diagnosed infectious canine hepatitis in an eight-week old greyhound with a history of lethargy and inappetance for 24 hours. It had swollen tonsils and a tender abdomen. Limerick examined a dog that had died shortly after a visit to a public park. This dog was one of a number that died with similar symptoms and similar histories after visiting this park. This particular dog began frothing from the mouth, became diarrhoeic and weak and went into convulsions within a short time of leaving the park. Death occurred within an hour. Post-mortem examination showed generalised hyperaemia, with pulmonary, hepatic and splenic congestion. As poisoning was suspected the stomach contents were sent to the Pesticide Control Laboratory in Backweston. Multi-residue screening analyses revealed very high levels of carbofurans. Carbofurans belong to the carbamate group of organic compounds and their toxicity is similar to the organophosphate group i.e. they cause cholinesterase inhibition by inactivating the enzyme acetylcholinesterase. Carbofurans are widely used as systemic pesticides on field crops. It has, however, one of the highest acute toxicities to humans of any the most widely used insecticides. One ml. can be fatal. In granular form one grain can be fatal to birds. Carbamates are also used as insecticides in veterinary medicine, particularly for flea control in small animals. Anecdotal evidence suggests that this compound is being illegally used for vermin control, and the gardai are investigating the incident.
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