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I am interested in the incidence of poisoning, poison management, rational drug use, and medication-induced adverse effects.

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  • Monday, February 9, 2009
  • Caution to Citizens of Gaza to Refrain from Tampering with Remnants of Israeli Incursion
  • Because of the possibility that some material left over from the war in Gaza may be toxic or explosive, especially in the areas that were heavily bombed, the PCDIC emphasizes that citizens should refrain from touching or coming into contact with leftover remnants of the incursion. The danger they pose could have a delayed reaction, whether acute or chronic and could explode or produce toxicity at any time and pose an even greater danger if touched.

    As for white phosphorus, it is important to remember that it can ignite again-even after the fire has been put out- whenever it is in contact with oxygen. This could lead to signs and symptoms of toxicity including irritation of eyes and nose, difficulty breathing, and others. Burns could result if phosphorus is touched or carried by bare hands. Exposure to white phosphorus could possibly lead to short or long term effects. Among the long term effects of exposure to phosphorus is “phossy jaw;” while other long term effects remain uncertain.

    The PCDIC recommends that all anonymous objects and remnants of war be collected and disposed of properly by the agencies in charge in order to protect human safety and the environment.

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Ansam Sawalha, Associate Professor of Pharmacology/Toxicology
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