Family poisoned with pesticides in the U.S. Virgin Islands


The day when Steve Esmond, his wife Dr. Theresa Devine and their two teenage sons arrived at their second floor condo, the apartment below them was sprayed with methyl bromide. Methyl bromide exposure can have short-term and long-term effects include severe lung injuries and neurological impairment. During night, all members of the family started having adverse health effects and were transported to the hospital. Steve Esmond and his sons remain in very critical condition. The EPA banned methyl bromide for indoor residential use in 1984 and considers this situation as an illegal application of this substance. “We’re cooperating with authorities in their investigation, and we’re conducting our own thorough investigation in the matter. We’re committed to performing all work we undertake in a way that is safe for our employees, customers and the public,” Terminix company said in a statement.


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