The Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi). Vizag gas leak: 8 dead, around 250 hospitalised; what exactly happened in Visakhapatnam today? Styrene is a chemical compound used to manufacture plastic and rubber. Other compounds like ethylbenzene, after metabolism, can also be excreted as mandelic acid in urine. Women who were pregnant at the time of exposure or are likely to conceive in the next few months are at risk of losing the foetus, so doctors will need to monitor for foetal loss as well. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term. As per health officials, mere exposure to gas may not be fatal. This public health statement tells you about styrene and the effects of exposure to it. It wouldn’t leak until a fire or explosion increased the temperature causing a gas leak. It is liquid and has a high boiling point. The gas leak from LG Polymers, which led to the death of at least seven people in Visakhapatnam, is suspected to have been caused by styrene gas. The source of the gas leak was a styrene plant owned by South Korean electronics giant LG, located at RRV Puram near Gopalapatnam, 15 km from Visakhapatnam. Subscribe to The Hindu now and get unlimited access. The products produced when the body metabolises styrene dissipate quickly, so these checks will have to be performed asap. Two of the dead persons had fallen into a borewell while fleeing the village. V. Ramana Dhara is a professor at the Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad, specialising in occupational and environmental medicine. Exposure to deadly quantities of the gas can cause fluid to accumulate in the lungs, and kill the person. There is no appropriate medical diagnostic code for OB. It wouldn’t leak until a fire or explosion increased the temperature causing a gas leak. Preliminary investigations by Andhra Pradesh officials said failure of refrigeration led to gasification and it spread in the villages around the plant. According to NDRF Director General SN Pradhan, the gas affects the central nervous system, throat, skin, eyes and some other parts of the body. Sitharaman announced relaxations in income tax rules to allo... Atmanirbhar Bharat 3 announcement headline management: Congress. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. Acute exposure to styrene gas causes dizziness, nausea, vomiting and breathlessness. We will know the reason in the investigations," the DGP said. It wouldn’t leak until a fire or explosion increased the temperature causing a gas leak. 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We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. Now, styrene is the suspected gas leaked at LG polymers. If inhaled in large amounts it may be fatal. A gas leak, reminiscent of the 1984 Bhopal tragedy, has claimed at least 11 lives and affected thousands of residents in five villages in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. Finally, long-term health studies should include end-points identified from the acute and intermediate phases to determine the complete spectrum health effects. Moreover, smoking increases the risk. The onset of cough and airway obstruction is the typical characteristic symptoms of OB. — Agencies, FM announces new employment generation, urban housing schemes. Visakhapatnam: What Were the Health Effects of the Styrene Gas Leak? The contrary conclusions increase the possibility of OB deaths, which were wrongfully classified as COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). It is liquid and has a high boiling point. Animal studies show that inhalation of styrene can result in damage to the lining of the nose and damage to the liver. Your support for our journalism is invaluable. “One of the antidote is to drink a lot of water,” he was quoted as saying by ANI. Among the top 50 chemicals worldwide, styrene was twentieth in 1994 with production of 11,270 million pounds, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Reports said that as gas leaked early in the morning, many tried to flee the village but several collapsed to the ground. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy has ordered an investigation into the matter. Rescue officers and police personnel were reported as saying that many people were seen gasping for breath, when they reached ground zero. The information guiding these studies should include questions like the amount and types of toxins released, their concentration, area of spread, neighbourhoods affected, toxin seepage and persistence, and total exposure. Can also result in loss of consciousness and death with long-time exposure, Respiratory complications due to exposure, The contrary conclusions increase the possibility of OB deaths, which were wrongfully classified as, Additionally, authorities also classified styrene as. Composition: Styrene, also known as ethenyl benzene, vinyl benzene, and phenyl ethane, is a benzene derivate. 6 months ago, A young man affected by styrene vapour leak from a polymer plant, being carried to a hospital for treatment, in Visakhapatnam, on Thursday, May 7, 2020. And the national institute for occupational safety and health (NIOSH)  gives a recommended exposure of 50ppm. 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The decision on health end-points to be included can be guided by medical and toxicology studies on human and animals. Mandelic acid and phenyl glyoxylic acid are the primary metabolites of styrene. According to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the health effects due to inhalation of styrene gas include tiredness, feeling drunk, slowed reaction time, concentration problems, balance problems and changes in colour vision. The gas exposure not only attacked people who were passing the street, but it also claimed the lives of innocent animals. "This gas is not poisonous and hence there is nothing to worry to that extent. President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also condoled the deaths in the Visakhapatnam gas leak. Styrene is highly toxic and cannot spread over 4-5 km. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. The number of studies of styrene clinical neurotoxicity is rather small. This derivative of benzene is a colorless oily liquid, although aged samples can appear yellowish. The police chief said as per their primary information, styrene is stored in a tank and a level is maintained to ensure that it does not evaporate. Acute exposure to styrene gas causes dizziness, nausea, vomiting and breathlessness. Besides, the time of collection plays a vital role in this diagnosis. As far as treatment is concerned, there is no specific antidote or a definite medicine for reversing the effect of this compound. Around 500 kg of chemicals were airlifted from Gujarat and sent to Visakhapatnam on Thursday to neutralise the impact of hazardous gas Styrene that …

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