Friday, July 19, 2013

Underground market for cheap pest control endangering lives in UAE

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Illegal use of restricted toxins suspected to be behind series of recent deaths in UAE.

Dubai The black market for cheap and unlicensed home pest control services is endangering lives, experts reiterated after a series of deaths from suspected poisoning in the UAE.

They echoed warnings against hiring illegal operators and using toxins banned for home use after four fatalities in as many weeks.

The victims – all females: a baby, toddler, young girl, and a woman – died between June 1 and July 1 after neighbouring residences were treated with chemicals unfit for domestic purposes, officials said.

Deadly gases released in the incidents had spread to the victims’ homes. A number of other tenants were hospitalised, some in serious condition, sources told Gulf News.

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