Home > Lifestyle > Woman > Your life Updated 04 December 2013 Aldicarb: a very dangerous poison Here are some quick facts on Aldicarb (Temik), which is a fast-acting poison. 1 Shutterstock Related Diarrhoea Food poisoning facts Everyday poisons in your home Quiz Is my diet healthy? » Ask Ask the CyberShrink » Ask Is my child eating correctly? » Finding the perfect bra How to look fab at 40! Five members of a family were found dead on a farm near Bothaville. It is thought that their food had been poisoned with Aldicarb after a fight about a love triangle.This poison is also thought to have been used to kill several dogs in Rustenburg during the month of October.Here are some quick facts on this extremely dangerous and fast-acting poison:- Aldicarb is an extremely toxic insecticide.- It is described by the WHO as ‘extremely dangerous’.- It is a white crystalline solid with a slight sulphurous odour.- It is distributed as ‘Temik’ which is a dust-free granulated material.- It is often used in citrus plantations.- Chronic low-level exposure to this poison could lead to liver damage. The poison does not accumulate in the body and is rapidly metabolised.- Thirty-three countries have registered it for use on potatoes, and 28 for use on cotton.- Symptoms immediately after ingesting this poison include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and quick loss of consciousness. Breathing problems are also common.- This substance is particularly poisonous to mammals and people and a very small amount could lead to death.- Symptoms of poisoning can occur in as little as five minutes after ingesting a large dose of the poison.Aldicarb is quickly absorbed into the gastrointestinal tract.- Although this type of poisoning can be treated, it is unusual for victims to reach medical assistance in time as the poison is fast-acting.(Compiled by Susan Erasmus, Health24, December 2013)(Sources: http:www.inchem.org; oxfordjournals.org) More in Lifestyle Older women still have active sex lives More: WomanYour life advertisement Get a quote Fedhealth - What cover is right for you? Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 1 comment Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keeping your skin soft, moisturised and winter-ready The health benefits of donating blood Hydration is vital all year round Momentum Health: an industry leader in healthcare Live healthier Cure your cough » Diagnosing a chronic cough The most abused over-the-counter drug in SA Five of the weirdest things to cause a cough Why are you coughing? A cough can be a symptom of a wide variety of different health conditions, ranging from a foreign body to infective diseases and even cancer. Watch out! » How to make a prosthetic eye Woman loses eyesight after mud run Eye care during pregnancy 9 health warnings you can pick up from your eyes The eyes are not only for seeing - they can reveal secrets to underlying health issues. Take a careful look and see if you have any of these symptoms, and if you do, head off to the doctor straight away.